Q&A With Minnesota State Commit: '16 Mitch Frederick- Lakeville North

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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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----mitch frederick - mitchfrederick2.jpgName: Mitch Frederick
Position: 2B
Class: 2016
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 170-pounds
High School: Lakeville North
PBR Rank: #80 in MN 2016 Class

Evaluation: 6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitting middle infielder. 7.28 runner. Lanky build. Quick transfer and release on throws. Moves well with energy and good direction. Has quality rhythm at position. 73 mph arm strength across diamond. Line drive swing plane. Stays inside ball well and shows ability to use oppo gap. Flashed some pop to pull-side of field. Very “hitterish”. Finds holes and will spray ball around field. 82 mph exit velocity off tee.


PBR: Why did you choose Minnesota State University?
FREDERICK: I chose Minnesota State because of the great coaching staff, the tradition of success, and the size of the school.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?
FREDERICK: I was considering Winona State, St. Thomas, Augustana and Minnesota State. 

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
FREDERICK: They first saw me at the State tournament this spring, and the Top Prospect Games the week following. I first heard from them in the beginning of the summer, and talked over the phone every few weeks.

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?
FREDERICK: It was very exciting to have a few great schools to pick from, but it is relieving to be able to just focus on developing my game, and not on the recruiting process. 

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?
FREDERICK: One big factor was the history of success of the program.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?
FREDERICK: I've received so much help from so many people, but the most help I have received is the support of my parents, and the guidance of my coaches. 

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?
FREDERICK: My expectations were that it was going to be very exciting, which it was, but it was more difficult than I was expecting.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?
FREDERICK: To develop my game as a middle infielder and add some power to my swing for the spring. 

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?
FREDERICK: Playing in the state championship game at Target Field last spring.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?
FREDERICK: This fall I played against Gavin Lux, a shortstop from the Racine Hitters, that is committed to Arizona State.