Q&A with St. Louis Univ. Commit C Joe Reid (Nixa, 2019)


Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director



Joe Reid

Class of 2020 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Nixa
    State: MO
  • Summer Team: Arkansas Prospects
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 210lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.95
60-yard
1.96 - 2.03
Pop Time
75
INF Velo
76
C Velo
85
Exit Velo
5.01
H-1st

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it as expected? Easy/Difficult?
Reid: I started talking to schools the summer after my eighth grade year. I was playing well and people began to take notice. Fall of my freshman year I took quite of few visits to different schools and really enjoyed looking at the big time programs I got the chance to see. Unfortunately, most of it got to my head and I wasn’t working like I had been. I struggled for pretty much my entire spring and summer season, i had to play “catch-up.” Because of this I had the scholarships that I had earned pulled away and lost a lot of interest. This was a learning experience for me and I have used it as motivation all offseason, to get back to where I was. A couple schools took notice of my work this offseason and I happen to find the right fit.

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


Reid: Not at all. I actually would have preferred to get away from home just to grow up and learn how to do things on my own. The school I felt was the best fit for me happened to only be a couple hours away. So my family is happy about that!

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

Reid: 
I go to high school with Brett Hammit. He hits the ball harder than anyone I’ve played with or against by a long shot. Nebraska is getting a good one for sure. Working with him everyday is a blast. He’s been able to give me advice with recruiting throughout the entire process.
 
PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?

Reid: You have to outwork everyone else. Whenever you think you’re ahead, there is always someone better than you or working harder than you. Getting the job done in the classroom is 
just as important as on the field and coaches notice that.

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


Reid: I’ve been lucky enough to have Two-K Sports Training, a local facility, available for me to use each offseason. I go there everyday after school and I’m usually the last one to leave. It’s a great place ran by great people. 

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

Reid: Playing in the Perfect Game National Championship game at JetBlue was pretty awesome.

PBR: What do you like most about St. Louis University and what were the key factors in making your decision?


Reid: 
I’m wanted there. I’m not just another player to go through their program. They genuinely want me to be there. I will get to play early and that means a lot to me, the only way to keep progressing is to be in the field. Having the connection with Coach Hawkins helps as well. Me and him are already on the same page and have a great relationship.

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


Reid: 
I took visits to Mizzou, Arkansas, and Kentucky. I also talked with coaches from Tennessee and LSU. Kentucky was definitely my favorite along with SLU up until my decision. I have great respect for Coach Mingione and Coach Fanning at Kentucky but the best fit for me was at SLU.

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?


Reid: At the end of my 14u summer and into that fall, I really starting playing well. 
I went to a few camps and played in the Fall WWBA in Atlanta. Coach Menard, my summer ball coach, really helped me gather interest from schools after that.

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


Reid: The expectations are very high. Coach Daugherty has come and really motivated us for this year. This might be the most talented our line-up has ever been. We have a couple seniors, Brett Hammit and Payton Hannah who are both going to play at the next level, who will lead us.

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


Reid: I play for the Rawlings Arkansas Prospects. Playing with those guys is just different. It’s a family and we all have the same goals. I’m now the seventh commit on the team and we are planning on having a big summer. All of us love going to Atlanta, so I would say our best memories are playing down there.


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