Get to Know: 2017 LHP James Steindl (Old Tappan HS, NJ)

By TJ Hunt

Director of Scouting, New Jersey

As we continue to shape-the-state here in New Jersey, several different unique features will be available on our website. Player Spotlights, Progress Reports, Scouting Blogs, Rankings and Top-Performer Lists, and so much more. Without the players we have nothing, so let’s take this a bit more personal - Get To Know: Our new article feature that hones in on what our Garden State players are up to, what makes them tick, and some real-candid inside access...

Name: James Steindl
High School: Old Tappan
Grad Year: 2017
State Rank: 63
Commitment: LIU-Brooklyn

PBR: Let's start with your baseball commitment to LIU-Brooklyn. Tell us about the decision-making process? How excited are you to play in there? 

: We had initial contact via email and they reached out to me for a visit. After the tour, we sat down and they made a serious offer. I really liked the coaches and the thought of being in the city was right for me.

PBR: Baseball has an unbelievable way of positively shaping young man on and off the field. Tell us one life-lesson you have picked up over the years playing the game, and how that life-lesson may impact you later in life?  

One lesson baseball has given me so far is what you put into it is what you get out of it.

PBR If you were a baseball scout and just watched yourself play, what would that scouting report look like?

Steindl: I think a scouting report would sound like a left handed pitcher with good arm speed, an athletic build, and room to fill out.

PBR: We are knee-deep into the off-season schedule. Tell us about your training, and spring preparation. 

Steindl: My offseason regimen has been doing workouts at RPP and Vinny Pierce Therapy in Pearl River, NY. At both places I have been getting a lot stronger and it has helped me put on weight. I have been also throwing with Wladyka twice during the week.

PBR: If you could only pick one, who would be your biggest baseball influence and why? 

Steindl: I look up to all left handed pitchers in the big leagues every time there is a lefty throwing on T.V. I feel influenced by them because I know I can do exactly what they do but it's up to me to work hard to get on their level.

PBRName three goals for the upcoming 2017 season.

1. Win a League Championship
2. Win a State Championship
3. Have fun and create memories that will last forever. 

Who is the best player you have played against in your high school career so far? 
Steindl: My sophomore year at Old Tappan, we played against Don Bosco and (LHP) Cullen Dana (currently at Seton Hall). He no-hit us and threw some nasty curveballs and worked inside a lot. He was untouchable.

PBR: Do you have any pregame superstitions?

Steindl: I usually eat a buffalo wrap that my mom makes me before each game.

PBR: What would be your best walk out song? 

Steindl:  "Everybody Dance Now" by Freedom Williams


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