Q&A with Iowa Western Commit Isaiah Peterson of Lincoln Southwest

By Brian Feekin
Prep Baseball Report Nebraska

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 Name: Isaiah Peterson  

Class: 2017
Commitment: Iowa Western 
Lincoln Southwest
Position: OF

Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 185-pounds
Throws/Bats: L/L

PBR Scouting Report: (2-16-15) 5-foot-10, 175-pound 2-way player. Projectable body with present strength. Moves well in outfield. Fields with confidence and shows loose actions and athleticism. Loses velocity on throws due to shoulder tilt in front. Arms works but front side mechanics limit extension and finish on throws. Starts open at plate. Knee to knee trigger to swing. High back elbow and uphill swing plane. Has whippy bat speed and ball sounds different coming off bat. 83 mph exit velocity off tee. Fastball showed good plane and life from short over-the-top slot. Fastball ranged 76-79 mph. Curveball is hard with late break at 67-71 mph. Changeup showed flashes of being plus pitch with good action. Overall impressive life on 3 pitches for strikes. High Follow for 2017 class in Nebraska. Will continue to get better.

PBR: Why did you choose Iowa Western?
I choose Iowa Western for several different reasons, but overall I felt that Iowa Western fit me best and was a place that gave me the best opportunity to succeed and develop. 

PBR: What other schools were you considering?
Hutchinson CC

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
You know I couldn't tell you where they first saw me. My head coach at Southwest mentioned to me they had some interest and within a week or two I had received a phone call from there, and that's where it took off.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school?
It's nice not having to worry about it anymore, but nothing changes regardless if they were watching or I was already committed I still plan to play with the same mentality every day. 

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

The coaching staff and their reputation of developing players to become the best they can be. 

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?
My dad. He has pushed me everyday on and off the field, inside the game of baseball and outside the game to be a better person, student, and athlete. 

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?
I have mixed emotions about the recruiting process, I think there is a lot of stuff that happens under the scenes people don't know about and aren't told but when the time hits it hits pretty hard. My expectations of how it worked were very wrong, and after learning that hard the first time, I learned not to make that same mistake with Iowa Western.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?
I'm not for sure on that yet, but one thing I know is they will push me to Be the best baseball player I can be. 

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?
That's a tough one, I've had a lot of special moments playing the game of baseball. But I'd have to say having the opportunity to play under Coach Kaltenburger at LSW was pretty important to me, as he recently passed away. 

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?
I've played against quite a few special players but between playing with Logan Foster and playing against Cole Stobbe a few different times, they both are unbelievable players.

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