Q and A with 2014 Morehead State Commit: Aaron Leasher (Mount Pleasant HS)



Aaron Leasher, LHP. Mount Pleasant HS, Class of 2014

PBR: Why did you choose Morehead State?

Leasher: The main reason I chose the Morehead State was the coaching staff. The biggest thing I was looking for throughout this recruiting process was a coaching staff I was comfortable with, and from multiple phone calls and a on-campus visit I knew these coaches had my best interest in mind. Also, at the schools they've coached at previously, they showed they know how to develop players and maintain a winning program. A few other factors were things like, early opportunity, weather and competition on their schedule.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Leasher: Evansville, CMU, Wayne St, Madonna, Buffalo

PBR: Where did the coaches first see you?  How did your relationship develop with them?

Leasher: The first time the coaches saw me was about half way through my senior year. We started communicating pretty regularly after that game and the descriptions I got over phone calls about their campus, coaching staff and program, fit a lot of the things I was looking for. 

PBR: Was distance from home a factor in your decision?

Leasher: My original plan was to stay a little closer to home, thinking more Midwest was as far as I would go but as the process went on, that part of my decision wasn't as important to me. I wanted to go somewhere that I thought was the best place to continue developing into the best pitcher I could become, and I felt that Morehead St was the definitely place to do so and my family felt the same way. 

PBR: What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?

Leasher: The coaching staff explained that a lot of key pieces on their pitching staff were returning players but that there will definitely be an opportunity to earn innings early on and it all depends on how I compete and develop during the fall. 

PBR: You have participated in numerous PBR events.  How has PBR helped you with the recruiting process?

Leasher: Every PBR event I've attended has definitely helped me. Not only with my recruitment but also with my overall understanding of what it takes to play at the next level. 

PBR:  Who do you play for in the summer and what is your most memorable experience?

Leasher: I'm playing for Michigan Jets this summer and my most memorable experience is by far winning the Division II Michigan State Championship this year.

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?

Leasher: I think my coaches Luke Epple, Mike Theunissen and Bernie Schafer, at Mount Pleasant High School have had the biggest impact on me. They have played a huge part in my development as a pitcher and I owe them a ton of credit for my previous successes. 

PBR: What were your stats this spring season at Mount Pleasant?

Leasher: 10-3 Record, 0.75 ERA, 131 SO, 91 IP

PBR: Who is the toughest hitter that you have faced in Ohio?

Leasher: I'd say the toughest hitter I've faced was Seth Freed from Bay City Western.