Prep Baseball Report

Uncommitted Spotlight: 18' Derek Shoen, RHP/INF, Truman

By Josh Threlkeld
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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Derek comes from a smaller community in southern Minnesota where the spotlight can sometimes shine brighter on athletes than in some larger schools. Derek embraces this role well by not just leading on the field but also serving his community off of it. Pride in his town and his teammates is something Derek has his character deeply rooted in. Derek is a tremendous athlete who has school and state football records to his name to go with baseball accolades. He will be a staple as a leader in whatever locker room he chooses to walk into at the next level.

Derek Shoen

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Truman
    State: MN
  • Summer Team: TCBA
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


Max FB
86 - 89
70 - 71
76 - 78
INF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

6/20/17- 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Strong physical build. As high as 89 mph in past; this is Shoen’s first full spring/summer with travel and legion baseball. Above avg. athlete with strength; Shoen’s shows considerable promise in college. Fastball was 80-83 mph slight cutting action. 11/3 breaking ball has short break at plate. 7.15 runner. Front heel turn trigger, short to contact, shows ability to drive baseball to outfield, power potential in swing and frame, 93 mph exit velocity. Long release on throws, solid/avg. range, sure hands, accurate to bag with carry, has athleticism to play 3B, 83 mph arm across infield.

3/20/17- 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Has made large strides in overall game in last year. Simple step and turn into balance point, occasionally loses posture, with avg. extension and finish. Long clean arm action producing 86-89 mph fastballs, slightly downhill, with late running action. Shows avg. command of 11/5 curveball with flashes of sharp break. Has feel for slightly firm changeup and is a usable pitch. 7.28 runner. Shoulder load with front heel turn trigger, stays connected, short to contact, drives baseballs up in zone, flashes power potential, aggressive swinger, 89 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, avg. feet and range, plays back on ball relying on arm strength, makes solid plays, accurate to bag with carry, 85 mph arm strength across diamond. Shoen previously un-ranked; will make substantial jump into MN 2018 rankings.

5/3/16- 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.59 runner. Short load, long stride, line drive swing plane, hard contact, pull approach, 87 mph exit velocity. Short steps, solid glove, tends to sit back on groundballs, shows athleticism on body control, fields better on the move, 76 mph arm strength. Raw mechanically with good tools to work with. Uncontrolled front leg, lands across body, and throws with one-piece arm action from OT slot. Fastball was 76-78 mph with flashes of running action. Varying break and spin on curveball at 60-63 mph. Developing feel for changeup.



Pitching (3/19/16)

PBR: What schools have expressed interest in you?
SHOEN: A lot of NSIC schools. Places like Minnesota State-Mankato, St. Cloud St., Augustana, and Wayne St. in Nebraska are some of the early ones. There has also been some interest from NDSU and SDSU. Then Junior Colleges I've spoken with include Northern Iowa Area CC, Mchenry, and Iowa Lakes.

PBR: Have you taken any visits, or have any visits scheduled in the near future?
SHOEN: I've been on a lot of visits. I still need to go to MSU and Mchenry, but everything else from the list I have made visits to.

PBR: Are you looking for anything in particular in a school? (Example: high academics, certain academic program, local, etc.)
SHOEN: I just want to go to a school that wants me there as much as I want to be there. 

PBR: What were some of your highlights during your junior year?
SHOEN: Making it to state for the first time in school history is something I'll never forget. Watching our three seniors all have a chance to go play baseball past high school at the collegiate level has set a new standard for baseball in our area. 

PBR: What are your personal and team goals for this upcoming season?
SHOEN: As a team we of course would love to make it back to state. Personally I think raising the bar is always important. I think it would be feasible to have a sub 1 era and to be named to the all state team. 

PBR: Do you play any other sports?
SHOEN: Basketball and Football 

PBR: What is your ACT and GPA?
SHOEN: 20 ACT and 3.8 GPA

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