Q&A with Evansville Commit RHP Dalton Mall (Shawnee Mission East, 2018)



Shon Plack
Kansas Scouting Director

Dalton Mall (Shawnee Mission East, 2018) has committed to Evansville.  Mall was a member of Team Select at the 2016 Future Games and participated in the ProCase and Class of 2018 Games this summer. 

Here is a look into the recruiting process for Dalton Mall.

Dalton Mall

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Shawnee Mission East
    State: KS
  • Summer Team: Midwest Blacksox
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 185lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
89
Max FB
87 - 89
FB
76 - 80
CB
78 - 79
CH
77 - 78
SL
Position
83
OF Velo
80
Exit Velo
4.40
H-1st
PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it as expected? Easy/Difficult?

Mall: I really did not know what to expect but I found it more difficult than I initially thought it would.  It took some time for me to really find the best fit.

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

Mall: 
It wasn’t a huge factor but Evansville being in driving distance really helped.

PBR: Where did Evansville first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?

Mall: 
Evansville first noticed me at the PBR Futures Game in Indiana.  Our relationship developed as they got to see me pitch more.

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

Mall: I think the best player I have faced is Noah Steele.  He can hit with power to all fields and change a game with one swing.

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

Mall: I think the best thing you can do is be coachable, try to learn something new from every coach and teammate.  Set goals for yourself and work hard towards them.

PBR: What do you do in the offseason to keep yourself in baseball shape and prepare for the upcoming season?

Mall: I work out at PSP3 and take pitching lessons with Andy Shipman.

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

Mall: 
I would definitely have to say winning the 6A State Championship in 2016.  Just to be part of that team was something special.

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

Mall: I really got along well with all of the coaches especially Coach Fick, the pitching coach, and I felt like I fit their coaching style.  I also really liked the small classroom sizes and academics of the school.

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

Mall: 
There were several different schools I talked to throughout the recruiting process but I don’t think any of them felt as good as a fit as Evansville.

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?

Mall: I think the recruiting process really started to heat up at the PBR Futures Games.  It was there that a lot of schools saw me for the first time.

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

Mall: 
We lost a really good senior class last year, but we have a lot of talented and hardworking players to fill the gaps they left.  I’m looking forward to a good season and making a run at state.

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

Mall: My summer team is the Mac n Seitz Blacksox and my most memorable moment was when we played in Indiana this summer.  We had a lot of fun both on and off the field there.

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