I recently sat down and met with 2015 Oakville High School and Recruits Baseball Club graduate, Chris Little. Chris has been a member of the Recruits Baseball Club since its inception and he has made a huge impact in this organization during his time as a Recruit. I asked Chris a few questions to give prospective and current players a look into his personal experience in our program. Chris will be pitching at Maryville University in the season ahead!
Coach Wiggins: How long have you been a member of the Recruits baseball family?
Chris: I’ve been a member of the Recruits family for over 5 years.
Coach Wiggins: When you were considering select/club programs in middle school, what about the Recruits program attracted you to try out and eventually commit?
Chris: What separated the Recruits from other select clubs that I had already tried out for back when I was 13 years old was the coaching ability of the entire staff. It was easy for me to be around and improve under younger coaches who had just gotten out of playing the game at a high level and wanted me to get to that same level (College, Pros etc.).
Coach Wiggins: Did other club teams/organizations contact you and try to get you to play for them? If so, what about the Recruits program led you to stay all the way through high school?
Chris: I never had the desire to try out for another club in high school and I knew that the Recruits were where I needed to stay if I wanted to fulfill that dream of playing college baseball.
Coach Wiggins: Name one of your fondest memories as a member of the Recruits.
Chris: One of my fondest memories as a member of the Recruits is having the opportunity to play with the 18u group of committed seniors my Sophomore season and learning from guys who were going on to play Division 1 baseball.
Coach Wiggins: To what college/university did you commit? What excites you about the opportunity to play baseball at that particular school?
Chris: In the Fall of 2014, I committed to play at Maryville University and I am ecstatic about the brand new facilities being built there and the opportunity to earn starts and playing time right off the bat.
Coach Wiggins: How do you feel the Recruits program aided you in your quest to play baseball at the collegiate level A) in terms of development and B) in terms of guidance during the recruiting process?
Chris: A. Just about everything concerning recovery, how to warm-up, how to throw more efficiently, and how to train I learned from Todd Stein, the Recruits Senior Director. I wouldn’t be the pitcher I am today without him.
B. The coaches in the Recruits organization were all undoubtedly helpful when it came to emailing college coaches, and prioritizing which schools had everything I needed during the recruiting process.
Coach Wiggins: How do you feel the Recruits program has prepared you to compete and succeed at the college level?
Chris: The Recruits program has prepared me to succeed at the college level in more ways than one. Knowing who I am as a pitcher and establishing a consistent routine are some of the most important things I can do to make myself successful and I give credit to the Recruits for all of them.
Coach Wiggins: As a lifetime member of the Recruits program, do you plan on coming back to help coach/guide younger players in their baseball journeys? How so?
Chris: I will absolutely be back to help coach younger players and help them get to the next level, whether just by hanging around the younger teams or just by offering a different perspective I know I’ll make somebody else better because of what I’ve learned while playing with the Recruits.