Q&A with Wichita State commit Luke Agnew


Isaiah Glidden
PBR Wisconsin Staff

Since our first look at RHP Luke Agnew (Marquette), he has always been a top pitcher in the states ‘23 class. Agnew first broke onto the scene with an impressive ‘pen at our West Milwaukee Preseason I.D back in February of this year, where he topped at 88 mph and showed command of all three of his pitches. Agnew ended the ‘21 summer circuit as a member of Team Wisconsin during the PBR Future Games where he showed a slight up-tick in his velocity. Recently, Agnew announced his commitment to American Athletic Conference member Wichita State.

We had the opportunity to talk with Agnew about the recruiting process, favorite baseball memory and who he thinks is the best player he has faced in the badger state. 

LATEST SCOUTING REPORT

Luke Agnew

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Marquette University
    State: WI
  • Summer Team: STiKS Academy
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 205lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report

2/21/21

Positional Profile: RHP; Breakout sophomore who's become a high-follow in the state.
Body: 6-foot-2, 203-pounds. Prototypical pitcher's build; athletic, strong stature.
Delivery: Quick pace to high knee lift/tuck, tall balance point; drops and drives with shoulders level, working on line, square landing with toe open. Athletic finish, in control.
Arm Action: RH. Loose, efficient arm circle to high 3/4 slot; quick arm speed that comfortably projects for more velocity.
FB: T88, 83-85 mph. Spins at an above-average rate, helping the pitch project further; natural arm-side action. Attacked the bottom of the zone. T2284, 2158 average rpm.
CB: 66-68 mph. Above-average feel to locate; flashed depth, 11/5 shape. Upside pitch as he sharpens its action. T1986, 1902 average rpm.
CH: 74-75 mph. Mostly maintains typical arm speed/slot; run/fade action. T1978, 1829 average rpm.

Videos

(7/28/21)

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?

Agnew: I really had no expectations going into my spring and summer season and had no clue what was to come and when things started to heat up I was really looking for somewhere in which I could go and develop. I wanted to go somewhere I knew I could live and be happy at for four years of my life.

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

A: A little bit, just because I want my family to be able to watch me play once and a while.

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

A: Middle of summer. Wichita State saw me at Futures Games at LakePoint. 

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

A: I love the coaching staff and the experience they have. I also like their facilities and field.

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

A: Illinois State, Valpo, and College of Charleston.

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

A: INF Ethan Hindle (Arrowhead, 2023; Kentucky) is the best player I've had to go up against in my state and I've had to go up against him during live at bats in the offseason but I'm fortunate enough to have him at short when I'm pitching.

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?

A: My freshman year I realized that I really had a shot and I didn't slow down from there.

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

A: The weight room is your key to success and becoming a better athlete. 

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

A: Winning the championship down in Iowa during the fall and throwing a complete game in the final.

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

A: I think this is our best shot at a ring this year with a solid senior class in Stocco, Gawronski, and Zedanic. We also have a really strong junior class with me, Sam Wronksi and Parker Wyatt. We have an under the radar sophomore as well in Michael Caesars and I think he’s going to be something really special. Marquette is going to be running the GMC this year.

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