Commitment Spotlight- '17 Bret Barnett, LHP, Martensdale St. Mary's

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

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Bret Barnett

Name: Bret Barnett
Position: LHP
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 160-pounds
High School: Martensdale St. Mary's
PBR Rank: #52 in IA 2017 Class

Evaluation:  10/11/15- 6-foot-1, 145-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.6 runner. Simple repeatable delivery with good direction to plate. 2-piece arm action with slight stab on backside. Fastball has avg./ok life with occasional cut action and depth. Curveball has 1/7 shape with flashing of sweeping break. Changeup has above avg. fade and sink in bottom of zone. Athletic set-up in box. Double tap trigger with short stride. Heavy lift in swing plane. Middle/away approach with ok pop in bat. Solid contact with top-spin action on baseball. 79 mph exit velocity off tee. Loose athletic body in outfield. Short arm action with arm-side tail on throws. Solid accuracy to target. 82 mph arm strength.

PBR: Why did you choose South Dakota State University? 
BARNETT: I really liked the coaching staff, facilities, and the atmosphere South Dakota State offered. I also am planning on majoring in Engineering and South Dakota State offers one of the best Engineering programs.

PBR: What other schools were you considering? 
BARNETT: I was primarily looking at NIACC, Central College, and Southeastern CC.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them? 
BARNETT: They first saw me at a fall tournament at Iowa Western. Our relationship was developed through my fall coach, Eric Evans of Peak Performance, and eventually I went up for a visit and really liked the school.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school? 
BARNETT: Yes, it’s good to have it be over but I also got to talk to and meet a lot of great people in the process.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?
BARNETT: Academics was probably the biggest factor. South Dakota State had the major I am looking to get into and have had many people come out of their Engineering programs with jobs.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 
BARNETT: My parents are a big part in helping me to get to where I am. If it wasn’t for their support and the countless hours they spent helping me with baseball I’m not sure I could have gotten here.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult? 
BARNETT: Going into this process, I really didn’t know what to expect. But in the end the process wasn’t so much easy/difficult but more stressful than what I anticipated.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season? 
BARNETT: They said that I would probably be for me to come out of the bullpen my freshman year, and to throw some innings.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date? 
BARNETT: Getting to pitch in the state semi-finals against Newman Catholic.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against? 
BARNETT: Zeb Adreon or Bryce Ball.