For today’s post, I reached out to Drew Dosch. Drew was a former athlete of mine I worked with awhile ago and he has had some great success with his baseball career. He had an awesome high school career getting his Canal Winchester team to the state championship game. Played collegiately at Youngstown State and this past June was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.
I’m going to have several segments of my interview with Drew and today’s will focus on his high school career. Why he made the decision to focus strictly on baseball and what he would do differently if he could do it all over again.
AK: Give us a brief introduction of who you are and what you are currently doing.
DD: I am Drew Dosch. I am twenty-one years old and a graduate of Canal Winchester High School. This past June I was drafted in the seventh round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. On May 17th I tore my right ACL as well as detaching my LCL and hamstring tendon and have been in Florida since the draft to rehab my knee.
AK: What sport(s) did you play in high school and where did you go to high school?
DD: I went to Canal Winchester High School southeast of Columbus. In high school I played basketball through my freshman year but decided to give that up to focus more on baseball. My sophomore through senior years I played exclusively baseball.
AK: Give us a little description about your high school playing days. When did you start playing? Did you have to choose just one sport to focus on? What grade were you playing significant minutes on the varsity squad? Anything else that describes it.
DD: My freshman year of high school I played on the Junior Varsity baseball team. After that season I decided it would be best for me if I quit playing basketball and focused my time in the winter to getting ready for baseball season. I was never a very good basketball player and never had the passion for the sport like I did for baseball. I thought it was time to give it up when I caught myself thinking about how I would rather be in a batting cage than at basketball practice. My sophomore year I made the varsity baseball team and played on varsity my last three years of high school.
AK: Since you primarily did one sport, elaborate on the decision behind that? What was your year round training schedule like? If you had to do it over again, would you do it the same, differently, or maybe play a second sport as well?
DD: For me, the decision to be a one-sport athlete was actually a pretty easy one. I grew up loving the game of baseball and never developed the same feelings for basketball. I knew if I had a future it was going to be in baseball, so I made the decision to give up everything but baseball. If I had to do it over again I would definitely make the same decision. I do not regret the decision for one second. My year round schedule was packed with baseball from the time the snow melted until it snowed the next winter. I would play virtually nonstop from the start of high school baseball all the way through the fall. Once fall baseball was over was when I would get into my heavier lifting and throwing programs.
AK: At the high school level, what extra training did you do? Lifting, private lessons, conditioning either with a private coach or your team.
DD: In high school I would lift year round, but during my seasons it would be more of a maintenance lift as opposed to a heavier strengthening phase. My dad is a teacher at the high school I went to which made it very convenient for me to be able to go lift any time I needed to. As far as private lessons for baseball, I would go to Carlos Rodriguez at the Strike Zone in Canal Winchester for hitting instruction. Between him and my dad, who was a varsity baseball coach for many years, I had two very good hitting coaches.
AK: At what point did you decide you wanted to pursue athletics in college or realize that you might have the potential to play in college? Why did you want to pursue college athletics?
DD: My desire to play baseball in college came at a very young age. When I was young my dad would take my brother and I to Ohio State baseball games. I remember sitting at those games like it was yesterday thinking about how cool it was that those guys got to be out there playing college baseball. I did not really truly know I had the potential to play in college until my sophomore year of high school. I played well in the school season and in summer ball and that is when I really made it my goal to be a college baseball player. I wanted to pursue college baseball because of my love for playing this game. Baseball has brought so many great people into my life and gotten me even closer with those already in it. That is one of the special things about sports, the personal relationships that you form with your family, teammates, coaches, etc. These relationships are definitely one of the biggest reasons I wanted to keep playing.
AK: What was your favorite moment of your high school athletic career?
DD: This is an easy one. When I was a junior in high school, my brother was a senior. On his senior day we were playing our rival high school and he was the starting catcher. It just so happened that I was pitching that game and my dad, who helped out coach, was in the dugout. That day I threw a no-hitter against our rivals on my brother’s senior day with him as my catcher. As I said, it is the relationships that I have created that make me love this game so much and it is easy to see why that day was so special to me.
AK: What accolades or awards did you win/earn for your high school athletic career?
DD: I was a three time first team all Mid State League including two player of the years.
I was on the all central district team three times including one player of the year.
My senior year I was named to first team all-Ohio
AK: If you had to do it all over again, what things would you do differently (if any) to have the best high school athletic career possible?
DD: I don’t like to think about things I would have done differently because everything worked out for me and I have been very fortunate to have a great baseball career. I guess I would say the one thing is get into a better strength and conditioning program at a younger age. I really did not get into a heavy and consistent strength and conditioning program until I got into college. I lifted throughout high school but I never had a distinctive plan for lifting, running, agilities, etc. I noticed such a big change in my strength once I got to college and into that program that I wish I would have started it earlier.
Our next segment on Drew will be about the recruiting process for college. How he handled the transition and what he would do differently. The biggest difference between high school and college baseball.