Q&A With La Roche College Commit Shane Emrich

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Shane EmrichTwo-way prospect Shane Emrich stood out as one of the top athletes at the Unsigned Senior Showcase on October 19. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-handed hitter turned in the top bat exit velocity of the event at 92 mph and displayed pop times of 2.03-2.13 on throws of 76 mph out of the crouch. He sat 81-82 out of a high 3/4 arm slot on the mound while commanding a 70 mph curveball with 11/5 break and a 68 mph changeup that showed some arm side run.

Emrich's performance did not go unnoticed. He became the fourth prospect from the event to announce a commitment when he made his verbal announcement this week to La Roche College. Emrich discussed his college decision and the process that led to it with Prep Baseball Report.

PBR:  Where have you decided to attend college and why did you make this choice?

Emrich: I have decided to attend La Roche College. I made this decision for several reasons. I feel like they have a very good and upcoming program, the campus is very nice, the team is great and their criminal justice program is really good.

PBR:  What other schools were you considering?

Emrich: I was also looking at Immaculata and Chestnut Hill.

PBR:  Was distance from home a factor in your decision?

Emrich: No, the distance was not really a factor. I knew I was going to go somewhere in state and I knew it would be a decent distance away from home but close enough that I can go home if I want to.

PBR:  Where did the coaches first see you?  How did your relationship develop with their coaching staff?

Emrich: The La Roche coaches first saw me at the PBR Unsigned Senior Showcase in October. Coach Rowe emailed my dad and asked for my number. We talked about me coming up to the campus for a visit. I then went for my visit, met the team and took my tour and knew immediately this was the place I wanted to go.

PBR:  What role do the coaches expect you to play your first year on campus?

Emrich: My first year, I will be getting some time as a backup catcher and also competing for a starting or closing role as a pitcher.

PBR:  What is your biggest strength as a player and how do you feel that will help your team?

Emrich: I believe my biggest strengths are being motivated, determined and doing whatever it takes to win. I feel like my drive to win and my willingness to fill any role will help the team and give it a chance for success.

PBR:  Who do you play for in the summer and what was your most memorable experience from this past summer?

Emrich: I play for the Spring City Red Sox Legion team. The best part of the summer was when we won our league championship coming back to beat Lionville twice in one day for the championship.

PBR:  What is your current GPA?

Emrich: My GPA is an 89, or 3.4.

PBR:  Now that you have your commitment out of the way, what are your goals both individually and for the team going into your senior season?

Emrich: My individuals goals are to continue to get stronger over the off-season, get in better shape. I am also in a velocity program an I would like to break the 90 mph mark. As a team we have high expectations for ourselves. We want to win a PAC-10 championship, followed by a good showing in the District 1 tournament and hopefully a berth into states.

PBR: How did Prep Baseball Report aid you in gaining exposure as a potential college baseball recruit?

Emrich: Prep Baseball Report helped tremendously by giving me exposure from the showcases that I went to. That is how Coach Rowe and I started talking. PBR has helped me through this whole process from reporting my stats to helping me find the right college fit.

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