Q and A with 2014 Ohio Northern Commmit: DJ Gotz (Britton-Deerfeild HS)

DJ Gotz, RHP/3B, Britton-Deerfield HS, Class of 2014

PBR: Why did you choose Ohio Northern?

Gotz: I choose Ohio Northern because I like what was going on in the athletic program and the academic side of Ohio Northern. 

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Gotz: I considered Hillsdale, Adrian and a few other schools around the area. 

PBR:  Where did the coaching staff first see you compete?

Gotz: I actually first met Coach Stechshulte at an indoor workout for my travel ball team and he came to watch me throw a live bullpen.

PBR: What role does Coach Stechschulte expect you to play during your first year on campus?

Gotz: Coach Stechshulte expects me to make an impact as a pitcher first year, coming in at certain situations and perhaps playing the field a little.

PBR: Coach Stechschulte was a former MLB pitcher.  How much of a role did that play in your decision, knowing you would receive some of his firsthand knowledge?

Gotz: It played a big role to have a coach who has a strong knowledge base on how to get me that much better than my competition. 

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

Gotz: My dad has had the strongest impact. He got me involved at a young age, he loves the game and he taught me to love it. He is also always supporting and/or coaching for me.

PBR: Who do you play for in the summer and what was your most exciting experience playing summer ball?

Gotz: I play for the Oakland reds and the most exciting part is traveling and getting to play at new parks and just enjoying the game.

PBR: What were your stats last season for Britton-Deerfeild?

Gotz: I hit .406 in 72 at bats with 36 RB and five home runs.  On the mound I was 1.82 with 68 K’s, 5-2 with 62 innings.

PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher you have faced?

Gotz: Toughest pitcher I faced was TJ Baker out of Clinton High School, he always had great command and ability to keep me off balance.