2018 OF, Jake Armentrout, Commits to Xavier

Congrats on your new commitment! What is it about Xavier that excites you the most?

I really like the distance it is from my house. The coach is a really great guy and seems like he loves to win. The campus is so beautiful and the size of the school is perfect for me. 

This was your first year with the Top Tier organization. Tell us about your experience and what it means to you to play for Top Tier.

Playing with Top Tier was great! They really helped me add a different edge to my game. All the coaches were so helpful and they all like winning as much as the kids do. They have a sort of attitude that they bring to the table that makes me wanna compete harder and fight for my spot. 

Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down.

I started getting calls from colleges when I was entering my sophomore year of high school. It was a lot of fun and I like showing off my skills to coaches and trying to get my name out there. Even though it got stressful at times, it never made me wanna stop competing. When I made my decision going into my senior year, it was the best feeling ever.

What were some of the priorities you looked at when deciding where you wanted to commit?

I always wanted to get away from where I grew up, but I didn't wanna go too far. I also wanted to find a coaching staff that believed in teaching me the same hitting style that I believed in. I wanted to find a school that I could study what I wanted and do something I enjoy after I get out of college.

What challenges do you see ahead of you before you get to campus?

I'm always trying to get better all the time. I think my main focus has to be on becoming a more polished hitter at the plate. A hitter that everyone besides your teammates fears right when you step into the box. I'm always trying to get faster because that is a huge part of my game. Trying to drop my 60 time into the 6.3 or 6.4 range would be a good start.

What are some of the goals you have set for yourself as a college baseball player?

I want to become a player that all my teammates respect and like. Also starting as a freshman is a huge goal of mine. I think I have what it takes to play at that level.

Is there anybody you would like to give a shout-out or thanks to?

My father has been such an inspiration to me. He was always there to pick me up when I was down and didn't have a great day. I can't tell you how many hours we have spent working to make me a better baseball player. All the time he has taken off work and all the time he has put in means more to me than anything. I couldn't have done it without him. I also want to thank my head, coach Glen Hoffman for giving me the opportunity to play with Top Tier and for helping me out with the recruiting process. 

<< Back to news list