Commitment Spotlight: '20 Will Busch, C, New Prague

Andy Judkins
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota


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Will Busch

Class of 2020 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: New Prague
    State: MN
  • Summer Team: Northstar
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


1.87 - 1.97
Pop Time
C Velo
Exit Velo
Pop Time
2.01 - 2.12
C Velo
Exit Velo
Pop Time
1.92 - 2.07
C Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report


Positional Profile: C 
Body: 6-foot-0, 195-pounds. Strong compact build.
Defense: 2.01-2.12 pop times. Actions played quick at times, rushed out of the crouch, maintained clean exchange.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short over the top slot, high 3/4 slot, average arm strength. 
Hit: RHH. Open setup, linear stride, hands load back. Path has length on level plane, line drive contact.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. 
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60. 

2018 PBR Future Games- 2/9 in game action; 2 singles, 2 walks, a HBP, and 1 RBI.

7/11/18-  6-foot, 185-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  6.97 runner.  Balanced set-up.  Small stride to swing with a slight arm bar.  Strong stiff swing.  Good frame with present strength.  Gap to gap approach with ground ball to fly ball contact.  90 mph exit velocity.  C- Balanced and average receiver.  Strong hands that handle pitches well.  1.94-1.97 pop time.  Quick feet and transfer with good direction.  Solid accuracy and carry with downhill flight to bag.  79 mph arm strength.

7/8/18- 6-foot, 185-pound, catcher, athletic, strong build. At the plate, open, quiet setup, stride gets back to even. Present bat strength, made consistent hard contact. Hit a line-drive sharply to left in his first at-bat and then drove a triple over the center fielders head in his next at-bat, 4.79 on the turn. Defensively, clean, quick transfer, strong arm; 2.01-2.13 in between innings and accurate. Follow 2020 catcher.

3/18/17- 5-foot-11, 180-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 7.75 runner. Body load with leg kick trigger, athletic setup, some stiffness in swing path, slight lift, spray contact, 80 mph exit velocity. Moves well behind plate, quick to block, mobility, raw receiver, stabs occasionally and lost low strike, above avg. quick feet and exchange, fast hand path, lacked accuracy to bag at this event, 1.87-2.08 pop times with 75 mph arm strength.

3/17/19- 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher.  2018 Future Games Participant.  7.19 runner.  Good balance and comfortable in box.  Stride and small hand load.  Hands work well with solid swing plane.  Mid/pull approach with line drive and fly ball contact.  Flashed pop and strength in barrel.  89 mph exit velocity.  C- Strong and athletic.  Holds pitches well and moves well laterally.  Above average feet and quick clean exchange on throws.  1.92-2.07 pop times.  75 mph arm strength with average carry and accuracy.  Solid follow behind plate in 2020 class.




PBR: Why did you choose the school you did?

Busch: I choose NDSU because of the coaching staff and because of all the great opportunities it will give me.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Busch: I was considering SDSU, NIACC, Iowa Western

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with him?

Busch: Coach Oakes saw me first when I was a freshman. And our relationship has developed greatly ever since we started talking junior year.

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?

Busch: I feel super relieved to have my decision over and I feel greatly that I can now focus on football and wrestling season before my senior baseball season.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?

Busch: No not really, there was multiple reasons for picking NDSU.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?

Busch: My Parents by far with everything they’ve sacrificed for me.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?

Busch: It was difficult at first, but once I realized all I had to do was play baseball and let everything happen on its own made it a lot easier.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?

Busch: The coaching staff plans to use me a lot freshman year as long as I come in and compete.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?

Busch: My most memorable baseball moment to date is playing in the state championship.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?

Busch: The best player I’ve ever played against is JT Ginn.