Q&A with Dodge City Commit OF Richard Fullerton (Park Hill South, 2015)

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Richard Fullerton (Park Hill South, 2015), Fullerton is an athletic 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-hand hitting outfielder, and has recently committed to Dodge City CC.

At the Class of 2015 Prospect Games in Warrensburg on August 17, he posted a home-to-first time of 4.45, and in game action, he collected a pair hits and two RBI. He’s very aggressive in his approach to the ball in the outfield. Fullerton has good arm strength with an 85 mph positional velo, with loose, easy arm action.  At the plate, Fullerton has an athletic setup with a long stride. He has fast bat speed and a level bat path. His swing produces gap-to-gap line drives with an exit velo of 89 mph. He was names as an Under Armour Pre-Season All-American in 2014.

The Panthers will be loaded with experience next spring. Fullerton becomes the sixth player on Park Hill South to name his college.  Lee's Summit West is the only other school in the state with six committed players in the 2015 class in Missouri, so far.

Here is a look into how Fullerton chose Dodge City CC.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it as expected? Easy/Difficult?

Fullerton: I didn't really have any expectations. I just wanted a place to play baseball at a high level. It got hard at times but nothing too hard

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

Fullerton: No not really I just want to keep playing baseball and Dodge was the place for me.

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

Fullerton: They saw me this summer a lot they must have seen 5 or so games I played. They called me at the beginning of school and we stayed in contact.

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

Fullerton: Alex Lange or Dalton Moats. They combined premium velocity and filthy off speed. What really made them good is they could control 3-4 pitches with ease.

PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?

Fullerton: I want to compete against good competition and have a nice place to play.

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

Fullerton: To give it all you you have every game. Run out everything because you never know who's watching.

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

Fullerton: I have baseball workouts at my school and at the facility I play summer baseball for.

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

Fullerton: Winning the most games in a season in Park Hill South history last season.

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

Fullerton: I really like the coaching staff. The facilities and campus are all nice and they have a winning attitude about them. Also I know multiple guys already there so it will make the transition from high school to college easier.

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

Fullerton: I took visits to Northwest Missouri State and William Jewell

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?

Fullerton: It heated up the beginning of summer and I can't say for sure if there was a particular game or not.

PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals? Name some players that will play a key role for Park Hill South in 2015.

Fullerton: I'm really excited about the team this year. We all have really high goals this year. We want to win Conference and District championships and make a run at a final 4. We have 6 seniors committed so far who will be the main players to watch this year. Pitchers Jacob Purl and Elijah Patterson along with John Chacon, Easton Fortuna, and Andrew Richards.

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

Fullerton: I play for Prodigy Baseball Academy in the summer and my most memorable experience with them was Wichita last year we had a very good weekend and played the best game of the summer there last year.

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