Q and A with 2013 Miami Commit: Brian Malerick (Hudson HS)



Brian Malerick, RHP, Hudson HS, Class of 2013

 PBR: Why did you choose Miami?

Malerick:  I choose Miami because academically, it's nationally ranked and has a diverse curriculum.  Also, I believe the Miami Baseball Program will give me opportunity to develop and compete at the collegiate level and possibly at the next level.  I am very exited to have the chance to become an integral part of the team and work with the great coaching staff next year.  I think Miami is going to be a great place to spend the next four years of my life.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Malerick:  Cornell, Bucknell, Wooster, and Kenyon.  All top schools and programs, but when it came down to it, Miami made the most sense athletically, academically, and economically.

PBR:  Where did the Coach Simonds first see you compete and how did your relationship develop with the rest of the coaching staff?

Malerick:  Coach Simonds first saw me at the Miami University Baseball Camp last winter (2012) and a couple times throughout the summer.  I mostly worked with Coach Simonds in the recruiting process but I met Coach Ison and Coach Lackaff during my visit last fall and I'm very exited to work with them this fall.

PBR: What role does the coaching staff expect you to play during your first year on campus?

Malerick:  The coaching staff expects me to continue to develop my skills, compete for playing time, and pitch to contact and throw strikes.

PBR: What is your biggest strength as a player and how do you feel that will help the Redhawks?

Malerick:  My biggest strength is my ability to pitch in tough situations.  I am good at getting out of jams and I always try to motivate my teammates to play well defensively and offensively.

PBR:  Now that you have made your college decision.  What are your individual and team goals going into your senior season? 

Malerick:  Hudson had a great season last year and we are all very exited to carry our success into this season.  Our team goal is to get back to Regionals and play in States in Columbus.  My individual goal is to throw first pitch strikes, keep a good ball-to-strike ratio, and pitch to contact.

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?

Malerick:  My dad for sure.  He would always play catch with me and teach me how to pitch when I was younger and he motivated me to be good player, student, and person.

PBR: Who do you play for in the summer and what was your most exciting experience playing summer ball?

Malerick:  Ohio Longhorns.  We were runner ups in the NABF regional tournament and I pitched my best game of the year against the North Coast Vipers.

PBR: What were your stats last season for Hudson?

Malerick:  55.33 IP, 10-0 with 1 save, 1.52 ERA, 47 SO, 30 BB, and a .232 BA.  I had a successful season last year and a lot of it came from the exceptional defense that played behind me and the support I got from behind the plate.

PBR: Who is the toughest hitter you have faced in Ohio? 

 

Malerick:  I pitch against a lot of good players during the summer and each High School season, however it would be hard to say who the toughest guy. When I face a guy that is known to be tough, I always enjoy the challenge.