Q&A with Michigan State commit Quinn Falish


By Isaiah Glidden
Area Scout, Staff Writer

Since the winter of 2021 RHP/OF Quinn Falish (De Pere, 2023; Michigan State commit) has been one of the most consistent and productive prospects in the state's senior class. After breaking out in 2021 during the winter circuit, Falish earned an invite to one of our most prestigious events of the year, the 2021 PBR Future Games, which is where some of the nation’s best uncommitted talent convene at our LakePoint complex to compete against each other in front of a hundreds of college scouts. There Falish continued to impress on both sides of the ball as he tallied multiple hard hit balls throughout the weekend and also reached 87 mph on the mound. Fast-forward to the winter, Falish seemed to have made some significant off-season gains when he showed up to both the Madison and Milwaukee Preseason IDs, where he recorded some new personal bests in a number of statistical categories, including topping at 90 mph from the mound. He carried over this momentum to the spring for De Pere and also into the summer where he repeatedly performed well in front of our staff in multiple looks and was recently one of the states top uncommitted prospects.

Falish’s productive 2022 campaign was capped off with his commitment to Michigan State that he announced earlier this month. We had the chance to talk with the future Spartan about his recruitment process, favorite baseball memory and much more. 

LATEST SCOUTING REPORT

Quinn Falish

Class of 2023 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: De Pere
    State: WI
  • Summer Team: GRB Academy
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 215lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report

7/05/22

Athletic, physically built 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame. Took the mound for GRB Rays - Green in the tournament’s opening slot and twirled a quality outing. Has cleaned up his operation and steadily sustained an uptick in velocity over the last six months. Fastball plays in the 85-88 mph range, peaking at 89 mph with feel for the zone. Spins a tight, firm mid-to-upper-70s slider and will sink a low-80s changeup, too. Also has intrigue as a position player; 6.82 60-yard dash, 97.5 mph max exit velocity, and topped at 93 mph from the outfield this winter. Former PBR Future Games prospect that’s a trending uncommitted follow in Wisconsin’s 2023 class. 

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(7/22/22)

OUR Q&A

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

FalishI didn’t know what to expect with the recruiting process because I hadn’t talked to anyone about it prior to starting the process myself. I was looking for a college program that would help me develop to my greatest potential while still playing at the highest level of competition possible. I was also looking for coaches that I could see myself having a good relationship with for 3+ years.

PDid location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?

FDistance did not matter when making my decision, however it was a plus that I got to stay in the midwest so my family can come watch games. As far as location, I wanted it to feel like home so East Lansing was a perfect fit because it reminds me of Green Bay, where I have lived my whole life.  

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

FThe recruiting process started to pick up for me the spring of 2021 during the high school season. That is when I first got in contact with college coaches. Michigan State was one of the last schools I talked to during my recruiting process and they first saw me play at Grand Park during the summer of 2022.

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

FThe thing I like most about Michigan State is the coaches and how they really care about their players on and off the field. The key factors that made me choose MSU were the coaches, playing in the Big-10, the campus/facilities, and their ability to develop and produce professional baseball players.

PWhat other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?

FUniversity of San Diego, Ohio University, and North Dakota State were a few of the other schools I considered.

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

F: As a pitcher the toughest hitter I have thrown to is OF/3B Eason Hurd (Ashwaubenon, 2024; Creighton commit). He puts up a really tough at bat and he is rarely fooled by whatever is thrown to him. As a hitter the toughest pitcher I faced was RHP Craig Kabat (Bay Port, 2024). Craig has 4 pitches he can throw for strikes and his fastball has lots of movement and it makes for an uncomfortable at bat. He is tough to barrel up.

PAt 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?

FThe fall of 2020 was the first time I was able to throw again since December of 2018 and that is when I realized I could play at the next level if I kept working hard and took things serious.  

PWhat advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?

FAdvice I would give to younger baseball players is to always be the hardest worker in the room, stay consistent and to bet on yourself.

PWhat is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?

FMy most memorable moment in my baseball career was going to Cooperstown Dreams Park in 2016 with the Wisconsin All-Stars. It was an experience I will never forget.

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

FWe lost a lot of seniors last year, but we have a few talented seniors and a bunch of talent in the 2024 class. Because we lost a lot, sophomores will have to step up and fill big roles. Conference will be up for grabs again and even though we are a young team, we have a lot of guys that can step up and compete and should be able to make a run for the conference championship.

PHow did the Future Games affect your recruitment process? Did you receive more attention following the event?

FThe future games was great for my recruitment and it helped me receive my first offers and more interest from schools.

PIf you could steal any tool or quality from another player in the state, what would it be and who would it be from?

F: I would choose RHP Dylan Questad’s (Waterford, 2023; Arkansas commit) arm strength. I feel like this one is pretty obvious because he is mid-to-upper 90s on the mound.  

PWho is the next talented young player to keep an eye on out of your high school or travel program?

F: 3B/RHP Lucas Koskey is a talented 2025 prospect from De Pere to keep an eye out for. He’s already physically advanced for his age and he’s only going to get better as he continues to develop strength and skill.

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