Kubasky Receives Two-Way Opportunity At Kansas State
September 21, 2023
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Kubasky Receives Two-Way Opportunity At Kansas State
Noah Kubasky LHP / 1B / Lake, OH / 2025
Rankings StateRank: 16 / POS: 4
UNIONTOWN - The desire to be a two-way player in college has been achieved by Noah Kubasky after a commitment to Kansas State.
“It’s going to be hard, you have to be D-I at both and it’s hard enough being it in just one,” the Uniontown Lake junior admitted. “You have to put twice the work in so it will be hard, but I think I have the right tools and will have the right people around me to do it.”
The fourth-rated 2025 left-handed pitcher in Ohio made an impression on Kansas State twice at LakePoint.
“Last year at LakePoint they saw me when they were there watching the Building Champions team out of Kansas and I hit a triple off them,” Kubasky reflected. “This year at the Future Games I struggled pitching the first inning and then dominated after that and that was cool to them.”
A trip to Manhattan took place the weekend of Aug. 2 and an offer was extended as a two-way at the end of the visit. Kubasky accepted two days later.
“I didn’t know if I would get a better offer, so I talked to my family and prayed about it,” explained Kubasky, who had interest from Ohio State, Auburn, Cincinnati and Duke. “It just felt right. This and Ohio State were the only two-way offers, I just felt like I couldn’t pass it up. I still have the dream to go Division I to hit and pitch and to follow through on that is amazing.”
Kansas State saw a lot to like in the 6-3 215-pounder, a left-handed hitting first baseman when not on the mound.
“They said I look college-ready now,” the 17-year-old related. “They like that my swing is short and compact and they like how I respond to adversity. My character and personality, they felt, fit into their family culture.”
It brought an end to a recruiting process that began freshman year.
“I played in a tournament in Florida and threw a no-hitter,” Kubasky noted. “That’s when I picked up an offer from Duke. Going into high school this season I hit 89 at a PBR event and had 20 schools talk to me in the spring. Then everything shut down with the new rule, that was hard for me. But the Future Games powered it back up and then came Aug. 1. Once it all started back up it was worth the wait.”
Admittedly it has been a tough year until the Future Games at LakePoint in late July.
“Last year was hard for me not getting talked to much,” Kubasky explained. “Freshman year they all talked to me after I hit 86-87 as a left-hander, but then I hit a plateau. I kept working and working and in the spring of my sophomore year hit .480.
“Going to the Future Games, I kept working my butt off hitting and pitching,” continued Kubasky, who credited hitting coach DJ Wilson and pitching coach Lou Kolasky with “being my rocks” in helping his game get where it is now. “You can’t prepare for 300 scouts watching you like at the Future Games, but I felt I was ready and the hard work paid off in the end.”
Now the 16th-ranked 2025 in Ohio is committed to play in the Big 12.
“You don’t hear about the Big 12 a lot around here, but those schools are some of the biggest baseball schools in the country,” Kubasky said about colleges like Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. “I think the Big 12 is one of the most competitive Power 5 conferences out there and Kansas State is on the rise. They had two guys stay there that were drafted.”
Kubasky, the quarterback on a state-ranked football team at Lake, is confident he can help Kansas State in a positive manner.
“First of all I’ll bring great character and personality to the program,” Kubasky explained. “It’s a game and you’re supposed to have fun. I’ll bring a good teammate to the culture. When you’re playing free and to have fun you play your best ball so I think that will help. I’ll also bring a great bat and pitcher.”
A major in sports medicine or business is the plan for the 3.5 student who is thrilled to have made a college decision.
“I literally prayed about it so I’m grateful it all fell into place,” Kubasky said. “It’s the most right thing that ever happened in my life. My mom started crying, I felt so accomplished.”
The hope is that this is just the beginning when it comes to his baseball future.
“I’ve wanted to play college baseball my whole life, I even thought about quitting football my freshman year,” Kubasky related. “But the dream is to go to MLB and this is a stepping stone.”
It is a stepping stone that Kubasky looks forward to with great anticipation.
“After I committed the weight jumped off my shoulders,” Kubasky concluded. “Now I can train and work for the draft. I want to get Big 12 ready, so eating right starts now. Taking on college is going to be fun, but the main goal is still to be drafted.”
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