Q & A with Missouri State Commit Kyle Reed (Blue Springs)

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Kyle Reed, (Blue Springs, 2014) is one of the top outfielders in the state.  His offer sheet includes Arkansas, Central Missouri and Wichita State.  He chose to stay in-state and play for coach Keith Guttin at Missouri State.  Reed liked to coaching staff, school and facilities and committed as a junior.  In the spring of 2013, Reed was named second-team all-state in Missouri Class 5 and led his American Legion team, Rod's A's, to a state championship in the summer.  Reed sets his sites on his senior season at Blue Springs as he prepares to play at the next level at Missouri State. 

PBR had a chance to talk to Reed about the recruiting process and his bright future.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process?  Was it as expected?  Easy/Difficult?  

REED: I expected to take a lot of phone calls and see many scouts at my games.  It was was as I expected.

PBR:  Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?

REED: No, I sought out the best fit for me and I believe Missouri State was my best fit.

PBR:Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why? 

REED: I have faced a lot of good competition in Missouri and I can't chose one in particular.

PBR: What has been the lowest point in your baseball career; what have you learned from it and how has it helped you grow as a player?

REED: Hitting slumps have been hard.  But, I have learned how to handle and work through them. 

PBR: At what point in your career did you realize you were an elite player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?

REED: After my sophomore year is when I realized I could play at a high level. 

PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?

REED: I was looking for a good coaching staff, team chemistry and a school with nice facilities. 

PBR: What is your best attribute as a baseball player and how does that transfer onto the field for your team?

REED: My best attribute is being a leader.  Being a team leader helps me guide the team in the right direction.

PBR: What part of your game needs the biggest improvement, and what will you do to improve it?

REED: Baseball Knowledge.  You can never learn enough about the game. 

PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to where you are? 

REED: Always work hard and always give 100% effort in whatever you are doing.

PBR:  What do you do in the offseason to keep yourself in baseball shape and prepare for the upcoming season?

REED:  I do arm workouts for throwing and I also do a strength and conditioning program.  I am in the cage doing off season hitting as well.

PBR: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?

REED: Winning the state championship in my summer league for Rod's A's was the most memorable to this point.

PBR: What do you like most about the college you have committed to and what were the key factors in making your decision

REED: I liked the coaching staff and the facilities. 

PBR: What other schools were on you short list before you made your final decision?

REED: Central Missouri, Arkansas, and Wichita State were all on my list.

PBR: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you?  Was there a particular game or event that you feel turned the corner for you? 

REED:  During my sophomore year.  The recruiting process started to pick up.

PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be?  What are your expectations and goals? 

REED:  Our team will be young and we expect to be competitive and win a lot of games.

PBR: Where do you play in the summer?  And what has been your most memorable experience with them?

REED:  I have played with Rod's A's American Legion team and we won state in 2013.  I plan on plying with the Sedalia Bombers next summer.

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