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Family Gives Wolf Motivation To Excel

Bruce Hefflinger
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Family Gives Wolf Motivation To Excel

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Evan Wolf OF / RHP / Gahanna Lincoln, OH / 2020

GAHANNA - Family influence has Evan Wolf looking forward to playing baseball at the next level.

Both father and brother have had a big impact on where the Gahanna Lincoln junior is in the sport he loves.

“My dad has been number one,” Wolf said of his father Joe, who played baseball at Columbus State. “He has been with me the whole way. He’s coached me since I started playing.”

More recently, older sibling Jackson Wolf, a 6-7 southpaw, has been very influential.

“From a pitching standpoint, he showed me the ropes on mechanics,” explained the 55th-rated 2020 in Ohio, a two-way college prospect as an outfielder and pitcher. “I’ve seen him grow and that’s really helped me a lot.”

Jackson Wolf is currently a sophomore pitcher at West Virginia, pitching in 17 games as a freshman and starting a dozen outings thus far in the current campaign.

“Seeing him at such a high level doing that gives me a lot more motivation to follow in his footsteps,” Wolf admitted.

College interest in the 17th-ranked uncommitted junior in the state has come from a variety of schools, highlighted by a visit to Penn State. Ohio University and Kent State along with “some Division II schools in South Carolina” have also made contact with Wolf, as well as West Virginia.

“Playing college baseball has been a dream my entire life,” Wolf pointed out. “It’s what I want to do. Seeing my brother playing in college only gives me more motivation.”

Early thoughts were to be an outfielder, with pitching a secondary position for the 6-0 160-pounder.

“I’ve been doing both for a long time, but I always felt outfield was my stronger tool,” Wolf explained. “When I was younger I was an ace pitcher but that fell off. My mechanics were terrible and outfield became my main thing. The last couple of years I’ve been mainly an outfielder, it’s where I’m most comfortable.

“But the last year or less I’ve given more thought to being a two-way. Now the idea of pitching could be an option.”

His brother has been part of that thought process.

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