Q&A With Oregon State Commit Canon Reeder


By: Diego Solares
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

For as long as he’s been on our radar, OF Canon Reeder (Summit) has been known as a high-level athlete with impressive tools to pair. He’s currently the third-ranked senior on our state rankings and is inside the top-450 nationally ranked names for the 2022 class as well. Built at 6-foot, 170-pounds, we recently saw Reeder at the Oregon ProCase this past May. He showed that athleticism early on in his workout, jolting to an event-best 6.65 in the 60-yard dash. Reeder followed that up with an equally athletic round of BP, maintaining his level plane through the zone and repeatedly working line drives to all fields throughout. In the outfield, Reeder showed a quick first step with footwork feel and sure hands to pair, topping at 87 mph to home on his highest recorded bullet. He’s a potential top-of-the-order table setter type at the next level with the athleticism to provide some impact defensively, too.

Committed to Oregon State, we recently chatted with Reeder about his recruitment process and other baseball related topics. That conversation, and more information on him, found below.

CANON REEDER

Canon Reeder

Class of 2022 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Summit
    State: OR
  • Summer Team: Trosky National 2022
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


OUR Q&A

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?

Reeder: I honestly didn’t know what to expect of the recruiting process because no one I have been close to has gone through it to the extent that I have. It was a very unique experience and gave me great motivation to keep pushing my game to the next level. As far as programs went, I was looking for a team that I could put my all into. A certain connection had to be made with the coaching staff that would allow me to feel comfortable entrusting them with my future. I found this connection with Oregon State and it’s the best feeling in the world.

P: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?

R: Yes absolutely. A good part of my family and close relatives live in the northwest, so I was always looking for a college closer to home. However, I did strongly consider going out of state, but in the end I made the right decision by staying local to the NW.

P: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Where did the school you committed to first see you play?

R: The recruiting process really kicked into gear for me during the fall of my sophomore year. This is when I started to get a lot of college attention and was on the phone with different coaches quite often. Oregon State first saw me play in the Arizona Fall Classic right before my sophomore year started.

P: What do you like most about the program you chose, and what were the key factors in making your decision?

R: I love the family type environment as well as the coaches and their passion for getting better. The key factors, for me, we’re having coaches I could rely on in getting me better each and every day. I felt it was necessary to have a good relationship with these coaches as well because that would allow for better communication and it would translate to a closer team. A brotherhood, if you will.

P: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?

R: UC Santa Barbara, Washington State, Oregon, and Kentucky sparked my interest before I ultimately made the decision to commit to OSU

P: Who is the best player you have faced in your state? What about them makes for a tough opponent?

R: The best pitcher I have faced in my state would be LHP Paul Wilson (Lakeridge; Oregon State commit). His large frame makes for a tough at bat coming from the left side. His fastball moves like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and if you pair that with his wipeout slider, it becomes very difficult to adjust to.

P: At what point in your career did you realize you were a college-caliber player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?

R: I started to realize I was a college caliber player during the fall of my sophomore year. Like I said, this was when my recruiting process really kicked into gear and it really made me reflect and think to myself about how I could really take my game to the next level. It was a great feeing.

P: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?

R: Keep working hard and no matter what, don’t stop believing in yourself. Once you have interest in playing at the next level it’s your job to get yourself seen. Sending out emails and getting advice from coaches your trust is a huge part of that.

P: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?

R: The most memorable moment of my career would be playing at Louisville Slugger Field for the Past Time National Championship. We won the entire tournament and it made for a great memory.

P: Preview your high school team's season for us. How do you feel your team will be?

R: I believe our team will be very good. We have an extremely strong offense, and if our pitchers can hold their end, then it should make for a very competitive season.

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