Q&A With Texas Commit Max Grubbs
December 3, 2021
As we wind down 2021, PBR Texas is going to be doing Q&A's with some of the top players in the State. We will be discussing their recruiting process and their upcoming High School Season.
The first player we spotlight is Senior RHP Max Grubbs out of Arlington Martin HS. He is ranked 183 nationally and 21st in the state. He has been on our radar since Shooter Hunt saw him early in his sophomore year, and he has continued to progress throughout that time and it led to a commitment to the University of Texas this past summer. The RHP has always been an elite strike thrower with a good frame. As he has gotten stronger we have seen his velocity keep rising and now he is consistently in the low 90's with a sharp slider and above avg change up. We talked to Max about his recruiting process and his upcoming senior season for the Martin Warriors.
Grubbs initially opened eyes as a sophomore with a strong performance against a draft-talent in the spring of 2019. The velocity was modest then, but the athleticism and quickness of the arm stood out. Well, the velocity has ticked up as the pitchibility has remained high, and Grubbs looked the part of a future starter at the next level during his outing for USA Prime at the NPI. Wiry and athletic at 6-foot-1, 170-pounds with plenty of room to continue filling out, Grubbs commanded his fastball to all quadrants at 88-90 including showing masterful command of a sinking fastball that he pin-pointed under right-handed hitter’s bats. In one of the more impressive demonstrations of plan execution that I have seen, Grubbs toyed with timing and pitched with supreme confidence. Tunneling a short slider at 78-80 with tight spin for swings and misses, Grubbs has the ingredients of a future out-pitch, and his ability to kill spin on a faded changeup (80-82) gives him a chance for three above average pitches moving forward. Short out of the glove with a quick arm, the ball gets on the plate in a hurry, and given his ability to throw any pitch in any count, he is a difficult look for hitters.
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?
Grubbs: I had high hopes for my recruiting process. I was looking for a place to help me develop my skills and take my game to the next level
P: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?
G: It did, I wanted to stay home in the state of Texas so my family could always come watch me play
P: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Where did the school you committed to first see you play?
G: It really started at the beginning of my junior summer. UT saw me first in Atlanta, Georgia at the NPI
P: What do you like most about the program you chose, and what were the key factors in making your decision?
G: The winning tradition and the drive to always get better. Key factors to me were coaching, location, mentality among other things.
P: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?
G: TCU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas Tech
P: Who is the best player you have faced in your state? What about them makes for a tough opponent?
G: The best hitter I have faced from the state of Texas is probably Jared Thomas. He is a very good decision maker on what pitch he wants to hit and how to keep the at-bat going till he gets the pitch he wants.
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?
G: I’ve always had the belief I could be a college-caliber player but it really didn’t seem attainable until my sophomore summer.
P: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?
G: Hard work and dedication are what you need to reach the next level. If your not working your hardest, someone out there is.
P: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?
G: The day I got to pitch in front of my first MLB scout in a tournament in Arizona.
P: Preview your high school team's season for us. How do you feel your team will be?
G: I think we have a very strong team right now. Good hitters from top to bottom and a really good defense too. Our pitching is what I think will win us games, 2 shut down aces and a good bullpen to back it up.