Q and A with 2015 Missouri Commit: Grant Macciocchi (Moeller HS)

Grant Macciocchi, RHP, Moeller HS, Class of 2015

PBR: Why did you choose Missouri?

Macciocchi:  I chose Missouri because of the combination of academics and athletics.  Great school, great coaches, a successful baseball program over the past several years and a chance to play in the SEC.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Macciocchi:  Coastal Carolina, Ohio State and Wright State were the final schools I considered with Missouri.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you?  How did your relationship develop with them?

Macciocchi:  They first saw me at the PBR Top Prospect Games at Prasco Park in June.  They saw me at some other events, emailed me, I went to their camp and the relationship grew quickly from there.

PBR: You are only a Junior and you have made your commitment very early.  Why did you chose to make your decision so soon and are you finished with the recruiting process?

Macciocchi:  I did not intend to commit so early but I was fortunate that I had a lot of interest and received some great offers.  I felt that nothing could top my final four list of schools, so it made sense to commit when I did. I am happy to say that I am done with the recruiting process

PBR:  Who do you play for in the summer and what is your most memorable experience?

Macciocchi:  I play for Cincinnati Baseball Club and pitching against Bergen Beach was my most memorable experience.

PBR: How does it feel to put on the same uniform such as Moeller greats Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr?

Macciocchi:  My brother played for and won a ring at Moeller and I've loved Moeller since day one on campus.  Putting on the Moeller uniform is a privilege because the name means a lot and the expectations are very high.

PBR:  This spring Moeller will be shooting for 3-peat as the State Champs.  How much pressure do you feel as a team to win the trophy again?

Macciocchi:  There's always pressure at Moeller with the surrounding talent just to earn a job.   Going for a 3-peat is a good position to be in but with the work we put in as a team we just have to trust that it pays off and we will get there one game at a time.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process?

Macciocchi:  I did not know what to expect as I wasn't really on the radar going into the summer.  It was a hectic experience and it was very hard to decide, but I'm very happy with the outcome.

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

Macciocchi: My dad because he's been there from coaching me at a young age. Also his experience in the recruiting process, because of my older brother, made a huge impact.

PBR: What were your stats this spring season at Moeller?

Macciocchi:  I played JV at Moeller.  .380 BA, 1.70 ERA, 32 IP, 38 K, 9 BB.

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

Macciocchi:  My high school teammate, Josh Hollander. I've faced him many times in the live cages during practice and he has gotten the best of me I have to say.