Prep Baseball Report

Q&A with Auburn Commit Ryan Hoerter

By Matt Huck
Area Scout

Ryan Hoerter2017 RHP Ryan Hoerter of Indian Trail recently committed to Auburn University. Hoerter is currently ranked No. 9 in the Wisconsin Class of 2017 and No. 278 in the PBR Overall Ranks. He is the 12th member of 2016 Future Games Wisconsin Team to make a Division I commitment.

Hoerter recently made a jump velocity wise this offseason and has shown it in high school games this spring. He is the ace of the staff for the No. 1 ranked Indian Trail Hawks. Here is a report on Hoerter from this spring.

4/26/16 - Currently ranked No. 9 in the Wisconsin Class of 6-foot-5, 175-pound right-handed pitcher with a lanky, projectable frame. Started for Indian Trail working six innings, allow four hits, and walking five without allowing an earned run on a brutally cold day. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose, quick arm action. Easy effort with a tall and fall, athletic delivery. Showed ability to hold velocity despite the weather. Fastball sat 86-87 mph in the first inning, still sitting 85-86 mph in the sixth inning. Curveball has 11-5 shape with some depth at 70-73 mph.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it as expected? Easy/Difficult?

Hoerter: The process with me was a little unexpected, because I was such a late bloomer. I would say it was not difficult nor easy, just patience, and timing is a big affect of it. 

PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?

Hoerter:  Coaches were always my first look when visiting schools. I wanted to be able to see myself develop there and be taken care of for the next four years of my life. Facilities and conference were my next look. Knowing that in the SEC I will be challenged day in and day out and that it will make me a better baseball player. 

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

Hoerter: At first the location did not jump out and concern me. Although playing in the warmth comes as such a bonus when deciding where to go. Being away from my family will be tough at first, but I know that I'm only a short plane ride away, and will have a family feeling at Auburn. 

PBR: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Was there a particular game or event that you feel turned the corner for you?

Hoerter: Over this past fall coming into the winter, the development with Rj and the hitters program really helped me become a better pitcher. The velo soon came, and the process began to speed up after the PBR Milwaukee Preseason ID at the Hitters facility.

PBR: Where did the college you chose first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?

Hoerter: Coach Bo and RJ have a very strong relationship. This led to the first contact between us. Coach Bo then came up to watch me earlier this May in a high school game. The visit came there after and our relationship began to get stronger leading up to my commitment. 

PBR: What do you like most about the college you committed to and what were the key factors in making your decision?

Hoerter: Again the coaches are to me the main reason. With Coach Thompson being a very well known pitching guy as the head coach, and Coach Bo (assistant coach of the year), it made this decision much easier for me. The campus life, and the weather along with the facilities made this a no brainier.

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

Hoerter: Three schools that I had close contact with were; Northwestern, Illinois, and Coastal Carolina. I couldn't have asked for a better experience at each of these schools, and appreciated everything that they have done for me. 

PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why?

Hoerter: Gavin Lux, being one of my closest friends, made our competitions so much more fun. Gavin is the hardest out that I have battled to get. His approach at the plate makes it very hard to take control of the AB. I don't need to say much more about him, as evidence of his success is clear throughout the state/country. I've been blessed to be able to play on the same team as Gavin, in which our competitions are sure to continue. 

PBR: 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?

Hoerter: The moment I joined hitters I knew I had a chance. The competitive and no quit attitude that flows throughout that program gives everyone the chance to succeed their goals and became great baseball players, that succeed on and off the field.

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

Hoerter: Surround yourselves with talent better than yours; because it will push you to limits you didn't think we're possible. 

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

Hoerter: Winning the kernels tournament in Iowa, this past fall. It was an amazing experience playing with the many talented players and teams that were there.

PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals?

Hoerter: We are 22-2 thus far, and we just clinched the conference title against a really good Tremper team. We expect nothing less than a state title, although we have a tough sectional to get through first. I believe if we play our game there is no reason why this team can't achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. 

PBR: Where do you play in the summer? And what has been your most memorable experience with them?

Hoerter: I play for Hitters baseball in Caledonia, WI. This is far none the most talented team I've ever been apart of. Since being part of Hitters our most memorable moment was taking the tournament title at kernels this fall. Just showing the talent that this program/state has to show.

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