Commitment Spotlight- '18 Zach Raabe, SS, Forest Lake

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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Zachary Raabe 

Name: Zach Raabe
Position: SS
Class: 2018
Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds
High School: Forest Lake
PBR Rank: #7 in MN 2018 Class

Evaluation:  5/3/16- 5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed hitting shortstop. 7.35 runner. Compact build with strength. Linear hitter, square stance, good weight transfer, swings with intent, hard line drive contact, projectable hitting tools, 82 mph exit velocity. Plays fast in field with athletic actions, solid glove, good footwork, aggressive fielder. Quick release on throws with carry and accuracy, 75 mph arm strength. Strong follow in 2018 class.

PBR: Why did you choose the University of Minnesota? 
RAABE: I chose Minnesota because it has always been a dream of mine to play baseball for the University of Minnesota.

PBR: What other schools were you considering? 
RAABE: Because it was so early in the recruiting process, I never had a chance to check out any other schools and because the U of M has always been a dream of mine to play there, I had to jump on the opportunity.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them? 
RAABE: I was very lucky to be able to play with Matt Wallner, who ended up being Mr. Baseball. It helped draw many recruiters to watch him play which also gave them a chance to watch me play, which helped draw interest from a few different schools including Minnesota.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school? 
RAABE: I definitely feel relieved that I achieved my dream so now I can focus on developing my skills and focusing on baseball. 

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 
RAABE: My dad played at the University of Minnesota and was also a professional baseball player. He has helped me the most in getting me where I am today with helping me develop my skills in baseball and showing me how to deal with the mental aspect of the game.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult? 
RAABE: I was really looking forward to the recruiting process but I was very lucky to get it over with early. Since it was so early the recruiting process for me was very easy.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date? 
RAABE: My most memorable baseball moment to date was beating Blizzard Blue in the scout stop tournament while playing for East Metro.