Q&A With St. Thomas Commit: '16 Sam Schneider- Burnsville

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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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----sam schneider - samschneider5.jpgName: Sam Schneider
Position: SS
Class: 2016
Height/Weight: 6-foot, 185-pounds
High School: Burnsville
PBR Rank: #36 in MN 2016 Class 

PBR: Why did you choose the University of St. Thomas?
SCHNEIDER: I chose St. Thomas because they have had a terrific baseball program for a while now. Every year they are a favorite to win the MIAC championship and also a contender to win a National Championship. They have a sensational Business Department as well; which is what I am looking to major in. 

PBR: What other schools were you considering?
SCHNEIDER: My final decision came down to St Thomas and U. Minnesota-Duluth. 

PBR: Where did they first see you? How did your relationship develop with the coaching staff?
SCHNEIDER: Coach Olean first contacted me after the PBR Top Prospect Games at the St. Thomas campus. I have developed a good relationship with Coach Olean and the rest of the staff since then; which was a large deciding factor in my commitment. 

PBR: What role do you expect to play your first year on campus?
SCHNEIDER: I am hoping to make a positive impact on the team right when I step on campus my freshman year.

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?
SCHNEIDER: My grandpa. He was a part of the St Louis Cardinals Organization and has taught me a lot about the game. He is also always in the stands cheering me on. 

PBR: What have you worked on/improved since last year?
SCHNEIDER: I worked on my overall physical strength a lot this summer. I also worked on and take pride in my defense.

PBR: Who is the toughest player that you have faced in Minnesota?
SCHNEIDER: The toughest pitcher I have faced is Jake Raether from Minnetonka. Big lefty with some nasty stuff. The toughest position player I have faced is Johnny Price. He had a tremendous love for the game and left everything out on the field.  It was a very rare occasion to not see him get on base.

PBR: What are your thoughts on the recruiting process? Any advice for future players in your position.
SCHNEIDER: To explore all of your options and not commit too early. You want to be positive the school you are picking is the perfect fit for you.



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