Get To Know: 2017 OF Cameron Tomaiko (St. Anthony's HS)

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Name: Cameron Tomaiko
High School: St. Anthony's
Position: OF
Grad Year: 2017
Commitment: Michigan

PBR: Let's start with your baseball commitment to Michigan. Tell us about the process and how you landed in Ann Arbor? How excited are you to play in the B10 conference?

My journey with Michigan began when I was playing in Travel showcase tournament down in Georgia. Coach Schnabel was the first coach to discover me. At the time I was unable to speak to coaches because I was not yet a junior in high school. We kept in contact through phone calls for the rest of that summer. He attended a few more tournaments I participated in and at the conclusion of the summer season we began to set up a visit. I am extremely proud and humbled with the opportunity that I have to play Division I baseball at a remarkable University. The B10 conference has some of the best talent and competition in the country and as a player you can't ask for a better opportunity. 

PBR: Baseball has an unbelievable way of positively shaping young man on and off the field. Tell us one life-lesson you have picked up over the years playing the game, and how that life-lesson may impact you later in life?

Tomaiko: Baseball has humbled me in so many ways. It has taught me to have a relentless pursuit for perfection on and off the field. Every day I strive to be a better person, teammate, player, son, and student. My competitive nature doesn't just pertain to my performance on the field. I will continue my pursuit for perfection well beyond my baseball career. 

PBR: If you were a baseball scout and just watched yourself play, what would that scouting report look like?

Tomaiko: If I were a scout watching myself play I would point out that I have a high baseball IQ. I would note that I utilize my speed to create spark plays for my team both offensively and defensively. Also my defensive play is a huge part of my game and something I pride myself on. 

PBR: This one is for our strictly baseball-minded readers. Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses on the field.

Tomaiko: My strengths on the field have allowed me to contribute to my team in a positive way. One of my biggest strengths is my speed. Whether it's finding a way to get on base and into scoring position, or making diving catches in the gap, my speed allows me to contribute a lot to my team.  One of my weaknesses on the field is being a vocal leader. I am the type of player that let's my play do the talking. I could always be a better teammate and I am always looking to improve. 

PBR: You can only pick one, but who is your biggest baseball influence and why?

Tomaiko: My biggest baseball influence is my Pop (Grandfather). He has been with me throughout this entire journey of my baseball career. He is the biggest reason for my success on the field and has contributed to who I am off the field as well.  Without him I would not be in the position I am today. I am blessed to have someone like him in my life as well as the rest of my family. I owe them everything. 

PBR: We are knee-deep into the off-season schedule. Tell us about your training, and spring preparation.

Tomaiko: My training for this off-season began in mid-August. I have set a goal of putting on 20 lbs. this off-season and have reached my mark. I've got a lot to prove to a lot of people so staying committed to my training is very important to me. I've got about 3 more months to continue training and I will make sure I make every day count.

PBR: Anyone that plays the game with true passion hopes to leave their own legacy. Tell us how you want to be remembered for playing the game?

Tomaiko: When my career is over I want to be remembered in a positive way by everyone who has seen me play. Whether it's past coaches, teammates, parents, or friends I want them all to know that I gave max effort every single game. I want to be remembered for the game changing plays I made for my team when it counted most. Being remembered as a clutch player who you could count on consistently would be how I want to remembered.

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