Q&A With Mizzou commit, RHP/OF Evan Stoll (Marquette, 2016)

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Evan Stoll (Marquette, 2016) has recently committed to the University of Missouri.  Stoll is a projectable, athletic 6-foot-3 180-pound right-handed pitcher and outfielder. His fastball was at 85-90 mph last October in the PBR End of Fall Showcase.  There he also showed a 12-to-6 curveball at 66-73 mph,  and a change-up at 75-82 mph. 

He has an over-the-top delivery, throws with some effort, and quick arm speed, Stoll has a strong lower half, smooth rhythm and level shoulders during his delivery. From the outfield,he has a 90 mph positional velo, and throws have life.  He has a quick/clean exchange, and he is aggressive to the ball. At the plate, he showed pull power potential with an 85 mph exit velo.  He has a long stride with aggressive bat speed during batting practice.  His swing is level to extension and he stays balanced through swing.  He runs a 4.81 home-to-first and a 7.35 60 time. Stoll's build would suggest an increase in speed and velocity as he matures.

Here is a look into the recruiting process for Evan Stoll.

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

Stoll:  The recruiting process went as I expected.  Contact picked up during my junior year as I was told it would. 

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

Stoll: Location was important as I wanted to attend college in the state of Missouri.

PBR: Where did Missouri first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?

Stoll: I attended camps at Mizzou and was later invited to attend their Junior Day where we toured the campus.  Coaches Jameison and Zulli recently attended a game I pitched and later contacted with an offer to become a Tiger.

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

Stoll: Erik Miller is the best player I have faced from Missouri.  He’s a big lefty that throws very hard and has great command and can throw any pitch in any count.  His fastball has very good movement and a hitter won’t see anything straight.

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

Stoll: I was looking for a school with a strong Business program.  On the baseball side I was looking for a school with coaches I could connect with, good facilities and a high level of competition.  Mizzou had everything I could hope for in a university.

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

Stoll: I would advise young players to set goals high and do something every day to achieve them.  I would encourage them to attend camps at schools they want to attend and let the coaches know you have interest.  In the end, just work hard and always give 100% effort because you never know who is watching.

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

Stoll: In the off season I participate in the Rawlings Tigers strength and conditioning program.  This helped me become stronger overall and added velocity to my fastball.  I believe it also contributed to staying healthy.

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

Stoll: The most memorable moment in my baseball career was scoring the winning run in the District Championship game and Marquette advancing to Sectionals during my sophomore year. 

PBR: What do you like most about Mizzou and what were the key factors in making your decision?

Stoll: One of the things I like most about Mizzou is the opportunity to play in the best baseball conference in the country.  Their facilities are first rate and their coaches do a great job of developing pitchers.

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

Stoll: Missouri State and Saint Louis University were on my short list of preferred schools.

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?

Stoll: After my first PBR showcase I began receiving interest from college coaches.  Summer tournaments in Cincinnati and Nashville also generated additional calls and letters. 

PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals? Name some players that will play a key role for Marquette in 2015.

Stoll: I believe our team at Marquette has the talent to be very good next year.  The returning seniors are motivated to get back to the District Championships after an early round loss in 2015.  If we work hard and stay focused there is no reason we shouldn’t compete for championships.  Several of our key players are Brendan Glock and Turner Cook in the outfield and Will Bausinger and Aaron Germeroth on the mound.  We also have a number of good juniors who should step in and contribute to our success.

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

Stoll: During the summer I play for the Rawlings Tigers.  My most memorable moment would be winning the GMB World Series

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