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Knapp Hoping To Wake Up College Coaches

Bruce Hefflinger
PBR Ohio Senior Writer

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Knapp Hoping To Wake Up College Coaches

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Michael Knapp OF / RHP / Elyria, OH / 2020

ELYRIA - Michael Knapp does not pull punches when making a point about his desire on the baseball field.

“I will outwork anyone else you can find in the United States or anywhere else,” Knapp said.

College coaches are beginning to recognize that trait as senior school year approaches for the 79th-ranked player in Ohio’s 2020 class.

“I play hard and go at it regardless if we’re winning or losing,” Knapp noted about what coaches have said they like about him. “I have a wanting-to-win mentality. I’m a dirtbag ... I just want to win.”

Wright State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, Xavier and Cincinnati Christian have all shown an interest in the 6-1 190-pound right-handed outfielder.

“Most everyone talked to me after the Top Prospect Games at Prasco Park,” noted Knapp, who was fourth in outfield velo and sixth in exit velo at the PBR June event while also running a time of 6.95 in the 60. “It was an all-around fun event. I improve on my batting but not on my running.”

Knapp sees participating in events like the TPGs as beneficial as a player in addition to his recruitment.

“It’s a confident-booster that I can compete with the top guys that PBR has picked,” explained Knapp. “I also learn a lot from the other guys. Watching the game in-depth has helped make my game better. Then when you see all the coaches there you want to play the game better.”

Improvement has taken place for the Elyria incoming senior.

“I feel I’m more confident at the plate now,” Knapp assessed. “Last year was my first year playing against Division I (high school) programs and I developed from that. I’ve got a lot stronger arm now. I’m throwing with intent to make my arm stronger.”

The desire to get better never ends.

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