Q&A With Minnesota Commit: '16 Nolan Burchill- Sioux Falls Lincoln

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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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----nolan burchill - nolanburchill.jpgName: Nolan Burchill
Position: RHP
Class: 2016
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 180-pounds
High School: Sioux Falls Lincoln (SD) 

Evaluation: 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher. Solid build with stronger lower half. Short balance point with hitchy front leg. Lands open slightly open with solid direction to plate. Upright finish on release. High ¾ arm slot with short arm action. Throws all 2-seam fastballs. Fastball has life with running action. Curveball has sharp sweeping action with 11/5 shape at 70-73 mph. Slider is 76-78 mph with short late break. Changeup is usable; slows down arm slightly. Has ok feel for all pitches in and around zone.


PBR: Why did you choose the school you did?
BURCHILL: I chose U of M because of the location of the school and I really feel I fit in well with the coaches there. They seem to be honest with you and I feel like I can continue to get a lot better at Minnesota.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?
BURCHILL: North Dakota State, Creighton, Augustana, Nebraska-Omaha and Iowa Western CC.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them? 
BURCHILL: They saw me last fall when I pitched at a Scout-Stop tournament. I didn't really talk to them until after they saw me pitch again at Siebert Field at a tournament. I started talking to them more and went to their camp and got an offer a few days later!

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? 
BURCHILL: Yes, at first it was cool to meet all these coaches but it got a little long at the end and I'm glad I don't have to stress on where I'm going to go anymore.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top? 
BURCHILL: I like the way the pitching Coach Todd Oakes goes about the game, it's simple, he's not trying to change the way I pitch too much, and I like that. I feel like I can get a lot better with him coaching me. Also I love the energy Coach Fornasiere brings to the field all the time.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 
BURCHILL: A lot of people have helped me along the way and it's hard to just name one person who helped me the most, but I would say my parents they took me to all these tournaments and camps because they know I love the game and I can't thank them enough for that.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult? 
BURCHILL: It was definitely different than what I pictured it, and it was difficult at times but I met a lot of great people along the way as well.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season? 
BURCHILL: The coaches haven't told me much- but have said that I have a good shot at getting some innings my first year, and it really depends on how I'm throwing the ball, but I feel good about it going in.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date? 
BURCHILL: Winning a state championship my sophomore year, and also throwing a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts was something I'll never forget.  

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against? 
BURCHILL: Jake Adams, from Brandon, SD that is 2 years older than me, that is at DMACC is probably one of the best hitters I've had to face. It was always fun battling against him.