Q&A With Kansas Commit Ty Wisdom

By: Diego Solares
Area Scout, Illinois & Missouri

Over the last calendar year, INF Ty Wisdom (Liberty North) has cemented himself as a name-to-know in Missouri’s 2023 class. It started by representing Team Select at the PBR Future Games last summer and parlayed into a productive fall that culminated in a verbal commitment to the University of Kansas.

Fast forward to the spring season and Wisdom kept on producing. He earned Suburban Big 8 ‘Conference Player of the Year’ honors after batting .398 with 20 extra-base hits and 32 strikeouts with a .85 ERA over 24 ⅔ innings. Wisdom served as a catalyst for Missouri’s top high school program, helping guide the Liberty North Eagles to their first ever 6A state championship.

We recently had the opportunity to discuss what the recruiting process looked like for Wisdom, what he ultimately looked for in his future home, and other baseball-related topics. You’ll find our brief conversation below.

Ty Wisdom 2B / Liberty North, MO / 2023

From 7/6/22: "A catalyst for Missouri’s top high school program and eventual state champion, Wisdom stood out earlier this summer at the Creekside Summer Championships and did so again this past weekend for the Royals Scout Team. At 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, Wisdom checks several boxes on the diamond. He consistently puts together quality at-bats and has a knack for contact, utilizing the whole field from the left side of the plate. Defensively, Wisdom brings a steady, sure-handed glove to the keystone and he’ll always be counted on as a reliable option at that spot on the infield. He’ll even hop on the mound if needed, pumping mid-to-upper-80s fastballs for strikes on the regular. A former PBR Future Gamer, Wisdom is set to be a Jayhawk around this time next year."


PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?

Wisdom: My expectations going into the recruiting process was that I wanted to find a place where they would give me an opportunity to play right away and that felt like a home to me. Also a college that showed genuine interest in me that knew that I could be a key factor to their program and help the team win. What I was looking for out of a college program was that the program seemed like a good family environment and a place where I felt like they could develop me as a player and a person.

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

W: By choosing the University of Kansas it will give me an opportunity to play high level baseball that feels like it’s in my own backyard. It will be exciting to play ball at the next level with several other great players from the Kansas City area. 

P: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Where did the school you committed to first see you play?

W: The recruiting process started to heat up my sophomore high school season and continued into the summer. Also, the PBR Futures Games gave me great exposure to colleges.

P: What do you like most about the program you chose, and what were the key factors in making your decision?

W: What I liked about the University of Kansas is that I knew that their conference was going to be very good and I’d have an opportunity to make a difference to the program.

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

W: Missouri State, University of Missouri, Creighton, and Nebraska.

P: Who is the best player you have faced in your state? What about them makes for a tough opponent?

W: The best player I faced in my state was RHP Karson Milbrandt (Liberty, 2022; Vanderbilt). I faced him during this year's high school season and he was by far the best pitcher I have ever faced. What made him special was obviously he has very good velocity but he was also able to hit spots consistently which made the batter have to hit on his terms. That is why he is going very high in this year's MLB draft. Not only is he a great athlete but he is also very humble and a great person which is going to take him far in his baseball career.

P: At what point in your career did you realize you were a college-caliber player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?

W: My game started to take off in the 2019 year where I really started to put muscle on my body. I also took advantage of my training during COVID-19 and at my house I have a home gym and my own batting cage that I didn't take a day off from using during that time. Once games started back up after COVID-19 I saw my game really accelerate and I knew that I was ready to be seen by college coaches.

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

W: My advice to young kids is to always be the hardest worker and let nobody out work you. I also feel that attending college camps and PBR showcases are important things to do to get your name out there. Trust the process and know that you will end up where you are meant to be. Again, go to a place where you are wanted and where you can accelerate as a player and a person.

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

W: The most memorable moment in my baseball career was winning the Missouri Class 6A State Championship. No better feeling than to be able to represent your school, do it for your coaches, and make history for the first time.

P: Preview Liberty North’s season for us. How do you feel your team will be?

W: There are going to be high expectations for us this season. We are going to have very good players returning but there are a lot of other great players and teams that will give us a great challenge. We are going to work really hard to make another run and finish on top.