ESA: What has your transition been like from high school to college from an academic and baseball standpoint?
TV: My transition from high school to college has been really smooth for the most part in all aspects. On the school side, I think the teachers that I had growing up did a great job preparing me to get quality work done and manage my time more efficiently. On the baseball side of things, the older guys on the team here really helped my transition to competing at the college level and balancing everything. The coaches here also provided a great deal of help and support both on and off the baseball field.
ESA: What have been your keys to success since you have been to school?
TV: My keys to success would have to be never being afraid to ask questions. Asking questions has really helped me expand my horizon and become more engaged both on the diamond and in the classroom.
ESA: Explain the demands of being a Division I athlete.
TV: It’s really demanding. Between practice and workouts, your body goes through a lot, but it all makes you establish a good work ethic and become a better player. Sleep and free time are also very hard to come by in this lifestyle, but at the end of the day we get to do what we love each and everyday which makes it all worth it.
ESA: What things have you learned the most from being a baseball player?
TV: The biggest thing that baseball has taught me is how to control my emotions. It is a sport that revolves around failure and learning how to control my emotions through the failures and successes is something that no other sport was able to replicate.
ESA: What drives you to get better as a baseball player?
TV: My family is something that really pushes me to get better as a baseball player. In my family we have had some success in the game of baseball and seeing my family members succeed and try to reach their goals pushes me to follow in their footsteps.
ESA: Do you have a defining moment you remember on the field where you felt the emotions of, “wow, this is incredible?”
TV: In my first weekend of college baseball we were playing against Oregon State who was ranked #5 in the country. I stepped up to the plate in a tied game with a runner on third and two outs. I worked the count the count full and I just remember the OSU fans just standing up and cheering looking for their pitcher to get me out. At that moment I just remember being in awe of the situation I was in yet remaining relaxed and being thankful for the opportunity.
ESA: How did Elite help you get to where you are at?
TV: Elite helped me by getting me the exposure I needed to reach my dream of playing college baseball. The people they have are great baseball people, but more importantly great people in general.
ESA: How did the Elite service help you maximize your exposure and offers?
TV: They maximized my exposure by making connections with people I didn’t have any previous connections to and getting my name out there for people to see. In turn, this materialized into better offers and better opportunities.