Grant Magill loves what he is doing.
Magill is a senior catcher for the Mountain Vista baseball team.
“I love catching,” said Magill. “It really gets fun when I have a good pitcher who is around the zone and I can use my framing and sticking abilities to get strikes and also when I have chances to throw kids out. I don't get many but when I do I always try to make the best of them. “
Magill, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, is an excellent defensive catcher but has shown good offensive ability especially this season.
“Some of the colleges I used to talk with, it was because of my catching side, but in the past couple years I have been developing my hitting side more and also attending to the catching side so it's all been coming together.”
In statistics after 12 games, Magill was the leading hitter for the state's top-ranked 5A team with a .488 batting average and he led the Continental League with 18 runs batted in. He was errorless and had thrown out the lone base runner attempting to steal.
`I think he's the best catcher in the state. He's been solid for me for three years.'
Mountain Vista baseball coach
Q&A with Grant Magill
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Wilson Contreras. I like the way he plays. He's really quick. I love watching him throw people out. That's kind of what I want to be eventually.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
My dad (Mike) has motivated me ever since I was younger especially when the recruiting process did start. He was always there, trying to push me to my limit.
What would be a perfect performance in baseball?
On the hitting side, just doing my job coming to the plate, whether that be scoring a run from third or moving a runner over. And catching-wise, just making sure I don't have any passed balls, no balls get by me and no runners will advance from first to second or second to third.
What do you like to do away from baseball and school?
This summer I'm planning on being a fly fishing guide. I'm really deep into fly fishing. That is my other past time, just my other getaway from baseball.
What are your plans after high school?
I am going to Indiana State and hopefully I can start there. In their past I think they have had 13 catchers gone pro. I aspire to go play pro baseball and see how far I can possibly go.
What is your most memorable moment in high school sports?
Winning the state championship last season and all the emotions, especially from the seniors. It felt so good to be part of a state champ group and it felt good I had a part in giving those seniors that opportunity.
What is the key to framing a pitch?
A huge part of framing and sticking pitches for umpires is there is a point in the 5A class that you will see a catcher pull in so much that the umpire will see it. The key to getting strikes that could potentially be a ball is that one to three inches.
Is footwork or arm strength more important in throwing out a potential base stealer?
I would say footwork. It sets you up for the throw. If your feet aren't set towards second base it leaves so much room for you to make a bad throw. If your feet are off, then you have to rely on your arm. If your feet are aligned with second and you are quick, then it's beautiful.
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