Q&A with Madison College commit Riley LeTourneau

By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

The 6-foot-4 righty from Brookfield East entered the fall as one of the top-ranked arms in Wisconsin’s senior class without a commitment. That changed earlier this month when RHP Riley LeTourneau (2019) announced his intent to play at Madison College following his final season of high school ball. LeTourneau has been on PBR’s radar for well over a year. He’s presently ranked at No. 20 overall in the state’s 2019 class – the highest he’s ever been. As the No. 5-ranked right-handed pitcher, the big righty became known for his easy velocity, which has been up to 89 mph in front of our staff in the past, he climbed the rankings especially after standout performances at the 2017 PBR Future Games and the Badger State Battle.

We recently had the opportunity to discuss the recruiting process with LeTourneau, what he was looking for out of his college experience, and his favorite memories in baseball to this point.



Riley LeTourneau RHP / Brookfield East, WI / 2019

7/8/18 - 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-handed pitcher, broad large build. Delivery looked under control and balanced in the first inning, showing above average feel for the fastball. Arm action is easy from a high ¾ slot. Only used fastball, sat 84-86 mph with easy and feel. Reached for 87-89 mph at times with average control, but easy velocity.

6/12/18 - 6-foot-4, 210-pound, strong upper and lower halves, right-handed pitcher, projectable build. Easy, athletic tall and fall delivery, smooth rhythm, works on-line, lands closed. Arm works long and easy, slot varies between high ¾ and ¾. Fastball, mostly straight, flashed sink, sat 86-87. Curveball, 11/5 shape, depth, sharp action, maintains arm speed, commanded, 69-71. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, fade action, 74-76. 


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?

LeTourneau: I expected this would be much easier, but it was one of the hardest decisions I've made. It was my first major adult decision. I wanted a program/coach that would be invested in me and help with my development, as my goal is to play at the next level.

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

L: I wanted to go farther away but, knowing how successful Coach [Mike] Davenport has been with helping pitchers develop, it really made me realize that it doesn't really matter about location, it’s more so the coaching.

P: Was there a particular game or event that you feel accelerated the buzz around you? Where did the college you chose first see you?

L: One event that I really thought changed everything for me was PBR Future Games. The event is by far one of the best in the county and provides great exposure. Madison first saw me at a tournament in Mauston. Coach [Trevor] Burmeister then started having weekly conversations with me.

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

L: The coaching staff was definitely the key difference for me.  I was able to watch a practice, which helped give me a good idea on what it would be like if I chose this school.

P: Who is the best player you have faced in your state? How so?

L: Jarred Kelenic was the best player I faced. Playing against him every other week in the spring really helped me get prepared for the summer season. He is a very patient, athletic, and powerful hitter at the plate. He can hit any pitch at any spot in the strike zone.

P: At what point in your career did you realize you were a college-caliber player? What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?

L: During my sophomore season I hit a velo jump which really changed things for me. My advice is that there is always someone out there that is working harder than you. You will only get better with the more time you workout. Don't give up if you aren't getting the looks you want – they will come. Keep working.

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

L: Going to Cooperstown and taking 3rd place. This was the highest that a team from Wisconsin has placed in Cooperstown.  

P: Preview Brookfield East’s season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals?

L: My high school team will be a very solid, competitive team this year. Due to the fact that our school will be moving to spring baseball, I expect there to be more guys coming out to play. I am determined to end the season competing for the state championship.