Commitment Spotlight- '17 Austin Strantz, RHP/MIF, Park

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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Austin Strantz 

Name: Austin Strantz
Position: RHP/MIF
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 5-foot-7, 140-pounds
High School: Park Senior
PBR Rank: #161 in MN 2017 Class

Evaluation:  6/20/16- 5-foot-7, 140-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Small frame. 7.1 runner. Short to contact, aggressive swings, inconsistent contact, spray hitter, 85 mph exit velocity. Good feet, plays through ball, soft glove, plays IF with energy- attacks baseball, solid arm action with accuracy at 81 mph. Simple delivery. Falls out of balance point leaving arm behind. Fastball was straight at 76-79 mph. 12/6 breaking ball, at 65-66 mph, is thrown consistently for strikes.

PBR: Why did you choose Century CC? 
STRANTZ: The reason I choose Century was the academic support they offer to their students and really helping them get to the next stage. The coaching staff also made my decision easier because of their politeness and really showing interest in me as a student-athlete.

PBR: What other schools were you considering? 
STRANTZ: I was considering Carroll University and Dakota County Technical College.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them? 
STRANTZ: The Century coaching staff first heard about me this fall through my coach calling him. Our relation started to build up when Coach Dwight called me to give me information and then continuing to call to check in with me.

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? 
STRANTZ: Yes, I am relieved that the process is over. It was difficult trying to narrow down a school to fit my expectations.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top? 
STRANTZ: Yes, having family in Hugo, MN they were never able to come watch me play in traveling or high school so now I hope they will be able to attend college games.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 
STRANTZ: My family helped me the most with supporting me with my decision but also Adam Barta and Matt Faulken really helped get my name to college coaches that they thought I could compete best at and now I am committed to a school because of them.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult? 
STRANTZ: Well I thought the recruiting process would be easier then it was. The recruiting process was difficult because it was hard to reach out and actually get interest from school’s without them seeing me play.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season? 
STRANTZ: I am coming into Century as a pitcher but they are allowing me to try-out for other positions.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date? 
STRANTZ: The most memorable moment in my baseball career so far is winning state in 15AA.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?
STRANTZ: The best player I have competed against is Ronnie Sweeney from Woodbury.  Pitching against him, he is by far one of the best hitters in our class , he always came to the plate looking to do damage and always battled till the end.