MINNEAPOLIS – GopherSports.com asked the tough questions of Minnesota’s nine rookies ahead of the 2018 spring season. Next up, we get to know Gopher freshmen right-handed pitcher Patrick Fredrickson by “circling the bases.”
Hailing from Gig Harbor, Washington, Fredrickson traveled the longest distance of any 2018 rookie to arrive in Gold Country. After spending four seasons on the hill for Gig Harbor High, Fredrickson graduated as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Washington according to Perfect Game while also earning an All-State selection on the way to the team’s Washington State Championship during his senior campaign. Not only a performer on the mound, he earned All-League honors in basketball and played football as a quarterback in high school.
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|Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Curren$y
Favorite Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
Favorite TV Show: Hell’s Kitchen
Favorite Book/Author: The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump
Favorite Actor or Actress: James Franco
Favorite Restaurant: Popeyes
Favorite Game/Video Game: NBA 2k17
Favorite Social Media or Website: Twitter
Favorite Professional Athlete: Brock Lesnar
Favorite Professional Team: Indianapolis Colts
Favorite Hobby (outside of sports): fishing
Favorite Class at the U of M: Microeconomics
Dream Vacation Spot: The Bahamas
Prized Possession: Peyton Manning’s autograph
Biggest Pet Peeve: texts being left on read
Biggest Fear: Spiders
First Job (and age): Dairy Queen cashier, 16
Person You’d Like to Meet: Anne Hathaway
Something You Never Leave Home Without: phone
Sport You’d Like to Try but Never Have: hockey
GopherSports.com: Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
PF: “I chose Minnesota because of the competitive nature that the school and conference has. Also, it provides an excellent education, which was hard to say no to.”
GS: When did you first start playing baseball and how did you get involved in the sport?
PF: “I started playing baseball at 5 years old. My dad wanted to give it a try because I could throw the pigskin a little bit.”
GS: What would you say is your biggest strength in your sport? What is an area of improvement?
PF: “So far, I would say my biggest strength is the ability to perform well in intense situations. I try to block out all other distractions and focus on what I need to do. I need to improve on locating all of my pitches.”
GS: Do you have any game day rituals?
PF: “[I eat] biscuits for breakfast.”
GS: What is your most memorable moment of playing your sport?
PF: “Pitching in the state championship my senior year in high school and winning.”
GS: Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career?
PF: “Both of my parents. They provided me with everything I needed growing up, and I want to continue making them proud.”
GS: Did you play any other sports besides baseball?
PF: “I played basketball and football in high school.”
GS: What are you most looking forward to for this upcoming season?
PF: “I’m looking forward to taking advantage of opportunities I’m given and performing in big-time situations.”
GS: “Do you have any advice for aspiring youth athletes?
PF: “Keep working hard and don’t quit a sport because you aren’t necessarily the best. Some kids take more time to develop necessary skills. Trust the process.”
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