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 freshman right-handed pitcher/infielder Max Meyer.
The only two-way player among Minnesota’s rookie class, Meyer joins the Gophers after a four-year prep career for Woodbury High School that was capped off with a selection by the hometown Minnesota Twins in the 2017 MLB Draft. Prep Baseball Report called him the no. 2 overall prospect in Minnesota and no. 114 nationally. After earning back-to-back All-State selections the past two seasons, Meyer was named an All-American Honorable Mention and Second Team All-Central Region selection by Perfect Game. Last month, Meyer was pegged as the Preseason Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten by the same organization.
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|Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Migos
Favorite Movie: The Sandlot
Favorite TV Show: The Office
Favorite Book/Author: Tony Dungy
Favorite Actor or Actress: Vince Vaughn
Favorite Restaurant: Potbelly
Favorite Game/Video Game: MLB The Show
Favorite Social Media or Website: Snapchat
Favorite Professional Athlete: Derek Jeter
Favorite Professional Team: Minnesota Twins
Favorite Hobby (outside of sports): fishing
Dream Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Prized Possession: baseball signed by the 1987 Twins
Biggest Pet Peeve: loud chewers
Biggest Fear: sharks
First Job (and age): youth baseball field crew (age 16)
Person You’d Like to Meet: Elvis Presley
Something You Never Leave Home Without: the chain
I wear with a cross on it
Sport You’d Like to Try but Never Have: pole vaulting
GopherSports.com: Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
MM: “I chose Minnesota because it was a dream of mine to be a Gopher since I was little. Also, it has great coaches, a great reputation, great facilities, and it is close to home.”
GS: When did you first start playing baseball and how did you get involved in the sport?
MM: “I’ve played baseball ever since I can remember. My older brother played and I loved the game.”
GS: What would you say is your biggest strength in your sport? What is an area of improvement?
MM: “My biggest strength is my competitiveness. I never want to lose any little battle within the game - on the mound, at the plate, or in the field. An area for improvement would be getting faster.”
GS: Do you have any game day rituals?
MM: “I always go to the gas station and buy a 99¢ Brisk Strawberry Melon lemonade. I put eye black on right when I pull into the parking lot.”
GS: What is your most memorable moment of playing your sport?
MM: “Winning the section championship and heading to state in back-to-back years were probably some of my most memorable moments.”
GS: Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career?
MM: “My dad has helped me in everything I’ve done with baseball. He throws to me, he catches me, and he hits me grounders almost every day. He’s helped me improve my game over the years.”
GS: Did you play any other sports besides baseball?
MM: “I played football growing up and I stuck with hockey all the way through high school. I loved playing multiple sports.”
GS: What are you most looking forward to for this upcoming season?
MM: “I’m looking forward to playing ball at this level and helping the team make a run for Omaha. I’m also excited about the new group of guys I get to play with.”
GS: Do you have any advice for aspiring youth athletes?
MM: “When you love what you’re doing, make sure you work hard. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
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