Q&A with Missouri State Commit SS Jeremy Eierman (Warsaw, 2015)

Shon Plack
Prep Baseball Report-Missouri

Jeremy Eierman (Warsaw, 2015) is a 6-foot-1 190-pound SS that recently verbally committed to Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri.  Eierman has had a successful high school season so far.  In 2014, he was named 1st Team All-State in Class 3A and spent the summer playing for Gravel Baseball in Chicago. After his sophomore year, Eierman was a member of Team Missouri in the 2013 PBR Future Games and can now set his sites on the MLB Draft.  Jeremy's brother, Johnny, was a third round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011.  

Eierman is a complete player, ranked #3 in Missouri's 2015 class.  In February at the PBR's All State Event in St. Louis, Eierman put up some of the best numbers of the event.  He had an event-best positional velo of 88 MPH.  He aggressive actions getting to the ball with good footwork and a quick release.  Offensively, Eierman ran a 4.28 home-to-first and had an exit velo of 92 MPH, both among the best of the event.  Eierman has a gap-to-gap approach with power potential .  He has a simple, smooth load and gets good bat speed to extension.  His bat path creates good back spin to both gaps. 

Eierman will be attend the Gets Hits For Cancer Showcase this weekend at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas.  Look for Eierman to have an impact right away at Missouri State, and keep an eye on in the 2015 MLB Draft. Recently, we had a chance to interview Eierman about how he selected Missouri State.  

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

Eierman: I expected it to be difficult to decide where I wanted to go. And it was as I expected it to be. Kind of difficult.

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

Eierman: I didn't let that be the most important factor. I would have considered going anywhere. But it was great to have a great school and coaching staff so close to home.

PBR: Were did the college you chose first see you?  How did your relationship develop with them? 

Eierman: I have attended hitting clinics with the Missouri State staff since my freshman year in high school. I have always really liked the staff there and had a good relationship with them.

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

Eierman: Actually another Missouri State commit Brad Archer is probably the best pitcher that I have faced - he can get his fastball into the 90s and has a good curveball.

PBR: What has been the lowest loin in you baseball career, hat have you learned from it and how has it helped you grow as a player?  

Eierman: Probably last summer. I struggled at the plate because my swing was too long and I was trying to hit home runs every at bat. That has helped me deal with failure better and caused me to make some adjustments in my swing to shorten it up and get on top more. And I have hit better because of that.

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

Eierman: I have always had confidence that I could be an elite player if I worked harder than everybody else. My older brother Johnny and my Dad always told me that.

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

Eierman:  I was looking for a program with great coaching, facilities, and a competitive schedule. And I wanted to go somewhere that I felt I could compete for a starting job my freshman year.

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

Eierman: I would say my work ethic and competitiveness. I work very hard to do things the right way so that I can make the plays, drive the ball, and help my team win. Other players on my teams have always worked harder when they've seen how hard I work, and that makes my teams better.

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

Eierman:  I am always working on all aspects of my game, but my speed and range at shortstop is something that I really want to improve. I have started really working on my jumps at short and my lateral quickness. I just started a routine of plyometrics that will hopefully help me improve there.

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

Eierman: Always work hard and never be satisfied.

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

Eierman:  I've always played football, but I'm not this fall. I've chosen to concentrate on baseball this fall by working hard everyday and playing fall ball. I will work really hard between now and spring to make large improvements in all areas of the game. 

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

Eierman: That's a tough question. Lots of great moments. Every time my team wins is a memorable moment.

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

Eierman:  I really like the coaching staff, facilities, and great baseball tradition at Missouri State. 

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

Eierman: Mizzou and Kansas State.

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 conner for you?  

Eierman: I have talked to a bunch of schools for a couple years now. I don't really feel like there was any particular event that changed things a whole lot. 

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

Eierman: We are only losing one varsity starter from last year. With the hard work everybody's been doing, I think we will be very good. Our goal will be to win a conference championship, district championship, and state championship.

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

Eierman: I played this summer with Gravel baseball out of Chicago. Living in Chicago all summer and playing with a great bunch of guys and great coaches and traveling all across the country as a team was awesome. Playing a 1am game in the NBC tournament in Wichita with a bunch of 17 year olds against much older guys was a lot of fun.

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