Nebraska Commitment Spotlight: Jonah Walker from Lincoln Pius on his commitment to Central Missouri


Brian Feekin
Nebraska Scouting Director



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Jonah Walker

Class of 2022 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Lincoln Pius X
    State: NE
  • Summer Team: Nebraska Prospects
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L

Statistics

Pitching
89
Max FB
(07/29/21)
85 - 89
FB
(07/29/21)
76 - 77
CB
(07/29/21)
75 - 77
CH
(08/10/19)
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
85 - 89
CB
76 - 77
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
82 - 85
CB
68 - 70
CH
72 - 73
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
80 - 83
CB
74 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
81 - 82
CB
72 - 75
CH
75 - 77
Position
6.94
60-yard
(08/10/19)
82
OF Velo
(08/10/19)
85
Exit Velo
(08/10/19)
Position
60-yard
6.94
OF Velo
82
Exit Velo
85



 

PBR: Why did you choose Central Missouri? 

When we started the process my family and I created a list of boxes to check off at each school I was interested in or that showed interest in me. At the end of that process Central Missouri checked off all the boxes.

PBR: What other schools were you considering? 

I was considering Nebraska, Creighton, Central Missouri, Wichita State, Doane, and Iowa Western.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them? 

The coaching staff initially reached out to me on Twitter. They saw me pitch in Kansas City this September with the MidSouth Prospects at the Midwest Premier Fall Championships. I had a call with the recruiting coordinator, Coach Alex Backhaus, a few hours after my outing as we drove home. After that we just kept texting back and forth and eventually arranged a visit.
 

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top? 

When we were on my official visit there in October, I liked that the campus is smaller and all close together. UCM is a traditional D2 power that competes in a tough conference and I wanted to be a part of that. Another deciding factor is I feel that the coaching staff has a strong vision for the program and told me how I could contribute to that. Coach Backhaus said that the coaching staff wants me to learn and grow in their culture, compete, and pitch in meaningful innings right away.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 

My parents! They really helped me through my journey.


PBR: You attended the Midwest Pod for the 2020 PBR Futures Games, what was that experience like? 

First of all, it was an honor to be chosen to go. I tried not to think about how I was pitching in a very nice minor league park and just focused on what I needed to do. It felt like everyone was watching me, which was true for us all, but I just went out there and did my thing. After my two innings I was surprised to be told to go to the press box where I was interviewed for an inning or two during the live broadcast. I was pretty nervous about that but got through it!


PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date? 

My most memorable baseball moment was when I was a freshman on varsity. On senior night against Fremont I came in to pitch the seventh inning. It wasn’t a clean inning but I got through it, the team got the win, and it was an honor to pitch on senior night.


PBR: Who is the best player you have competed against?

Trey Frahm from Elkhorn by far. Last summer I had the start on senior legion against Elkhorn. In his first at bat Trey hit a double off the wall and later scored. In his second at bat, I got him to ground out softly back to me, but I got too excited and made a bad throw and pulled my first baseman’s foot off the bag and he scored again after that. In his third and final at bat against me I walked him, and then he scored later on. So I left the game after 5 1/3 down 3-1, but my team rallied and we won on a walkoff double by Jase Woita to win it 4-3. Trey was a one-man show for his team that day.