Eastern Kentucky Commitment Brings Relief To Erd


Bruce Hefflinger
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Eastern Kentucky Commitment Brings Relief To Erd

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Josiah Erd

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: C
  • High School: St. Francis De Sales Toledo
    State: OH
  • Summer Team: Bo Jackson Elite
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
88
Max FB
(06/10/21)
85 - 88
FB
(06/10/21)
70 - 74
CB
(02/21/21)
75 - 79
CH
(02/21/21)
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
84 - 87
CB
70 - 74
CH
75 - 79
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
78 - 82
CB
63 - 66
CH
70 - 73
Position
7.20
60-yard
(02/21/21)
1.96 - 2.02
Pop Time
(02/21/21)
79
C Velo
(02/21/21)
87
Exit Velo
(02/21/21)
Position
60-yard
7.2
Pop Time
1.96 - 2.02
C Velo
79
Exit Velo
87
Position
60-yard
7.37
Pop Time
2.06 - 2.19
C Velo
71
Exit Velo
81
Trackman - Fastball
87.4
Velocity (max)
(02/21/21)
84.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/21/21)
2399
Spin Rate (max)
(02/21/21)
2350
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/21/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
87.4
Velo Range
86 - 87.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
84.8
Spin Rate (max)
2399
Spin Rate (avg)
2350
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
73.9
Velocity (max)
(02/21/21)
2167
Spin Rate (max)
(02/21/21)
2153
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/21/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
73.9
Velo Range
73.5 - 73.9
Spin Rate (max)
2167
Spin Rate (avg)
2153
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
79.0
Velocity (max)
(02/21/21)
77.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/21/21)
1795
Spin Rate (max)
(02/21/21)
1692
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/21/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
79
Velo Range
78.2 - 79
Eff Velocity (avg)
77.5
Spin Rate (max)
1795
Spin Rate (avg)
1692
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
87.5
Exit Velocity (max)
(02/21/21)
77.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
(02/21/21)
138
Distance (avg)
(02/21/21)
311
Distance (max)
(02/21/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
87.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
77.1
Distance (avg)
138
Distance (max)
311
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
21.1
Hand Speed (max)
(02/21/21)
19.9
Hand Speed (avg)
(02/21/21)
68.8
Bat Speed (max)
(02/21/21)
66.2
Bat Speed (avg)
(02/21/21)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
21.1
Hand Speed (avg)
19.9
Bat Speed (max)
68.8
Bat Speed (avg)
66.2
On Plane Eff (avg)

Eastern Kentucky Commitment Brings Relief To Erd

TOLEDO - Josiah Erd was a catcher for the most part of his freshman year at Toledo St. Francis. However, a position change proved to be paramount when it came to his future.

“I realized my bat was not good enough to play Division I,” Erd reflected. “So I got on the mound and my coaches liked what they saw.”

Improvement followed for the 47th-ranked 2023 in the state.

“I went from throwing 82 in the winter to hitting 91 this fall,” related the 6-3 180-pounder, who at the Bo Jackson Scout Day in February was listed as a top performer. “A high spin guy who physically you could easily see another jump from,” Jordan Chiero, PBR Ohio Director of Scouting, said after the event.

It helped bring interest from colleges, with offers coming from Toledo, Bowling Green, North Alabama and Eastern Kentucky.

“I knew I didn’t want to stay close to home, I kind of want to be my own person and start the adult life,” Erd explained, eliminating the two nearest schools in his thought process. “North Alabama just transferred from D-II to D-I but it was a bit further. Eastern Kentucky is right in the middle.”

A strong connection with EKU began at a Buckeye Elite Tournament.

“Coach (Jimmy) Onate gave me their number and I got in contact with coach (Walt) Jones,” Erd said in reference to the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Eastern Kentucky. “From the beginning it felt like a good fit and we kept talking.”

A visit to the university located 41/2 hours from Toledo followed an offer. A commitment came next.

“I really liked everything about the visit,” Erd pointed out. “It’s like it’s own small little town. The facilities are nice and they have a new turf field. I watched a practice and I liked the culture. They were having fun but getting it done.”

Belief is that the ASUN Conference program can benefit from what Erd has to present.

“They really like how I pitch, I think they liked my velo the most,” explained the 17th-ranked junior right-handed pitcher in Ohio. “They said we expect you to be a contributor freshman year and that’s what I’m going there to do.”

The thought of playing baseball at the next level started early for the 16-year-old.

“It’s been my dream since I was five when I first started playing,” Erd said. “I’ve wanted to be Division I ever since and the dream came true. One, I got an offer ... and two, I committed to a nice school.”

Making it to the D-I level was important in the eyes of Erd.

“A lot more people are watching you,” Erd related. “A lot more younger kids are looking up to you so there’s more weight on your shoulders.”

Erd is confident of handling the challenge.

“I feel I’ll be a solid contributor on the mound,” Erd noted. “By the time I get there I should be good with my velo and have developed my off speed. The big thing I need to do is gain some weight. I’m 180 now and my goal is 205 to 210 when I get there. I want to develop my offspeed, my curve and change, to make them an elite pitch instead of just a pitch.”

Being a good teammate is also important to Erd.

“I’m an energetic guy that likes having fun,” Erd said. “I’ll be on the top step cheering on my teammates.”

Coaches Ryan Clark and Onate, along with his father Josh, have been major influences in the baseball journey for Erd, a 3.3 student who hopes to go into an academic field to become an athletic trainer when his playing days are over.

“Making a commitment felt like a lot of weight off my shoulders,” Erd admitted. “It had really been bugging me, I didn’t know what decision to make. Once it was over, I didn’t have to worry about it any more.”



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