MINNEAPOLIS – GopherSports.com asked the tough questions of Minnesota’s nine rookies ahead of the 2018 spring season. Finally, we round out the group with right-handed pitcher Sam Thoresen.
Another local product, Thoresen lands in Gold Country after a two-season varsity career for Minnetonka High School, earning All-Lake Conference honors both years for the Skippers as well as an All-State pick during his senior campaign. While serving as the team captain his senior season, he was named to the Star Tribune’s All-Metro Team after posting a 1.64 ERA in 47 innings. According to Prep Baseball Report, Thoresen left high school as the no. 6 overall prospect in Minnesota and earned a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention.
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GopherSports.com: Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
ST: “I chose Minnesota because of the well-respected coaching staff, the prestigious academics, and I always wanted to be a Gopher ever since I was young.”
GS: When did you first start playing baseball and how did you get involved in the sport?
ST: “I started playing baseball when I was 4 years old.”
GS: What would you say is your biggest strength in your sport? What is an area of improvement?
ST: “My biggest strength is pitching hard inside to hitters. My areas of improvement are getting stronger, throwing harder, and working on my changeup.”
GS: Do you have any game day rituals?
ST: “I go through the same exact stretching and warm up every time I pitch.”
GS: What is your most memorable moment of playing your sport?
ST: “Winning Jr. Legion State and throwing a no-hitter against Maple Grove.”
GS: Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career?
ST: “My dad has influenced me a lot and encouraged me to pursue baseball as far as I can and teaching me from a young age how to play baseball. Also, Casey Jacobson has influenced me in my baseball career because he taught me a lot about the mechanics of pitching. He also taught me what it takes to become a better pitcher and how to throw with high intent.”
GS: Did you play any other sports besides baseball?
ST: “I played football and basketball when I was younger.”
GS: What are you most looking forward to for this upcoming season?
ST: “I’m looking forward to working towards a Big Ten Championship with the team and getting bigger, stronger and throwing harder.”
GS: Do you have any advice for aspiring youth athletes?
ST: “Work as hard as you possibly can and throw the baseball as hard as you can.”
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