At 6’2” and 225lb, Moeller’s Zach Shannon is no chameleon on the field. The Ohio State University commit is dominant both offensively and on the mound.
ABR first caught a glimpse of the 2014 graduate at the 2011 ABR Michigan Top 30 Showcase last winter, where the then freshman reached 88mph on the mound. He went on to make the USSSA All-American Games where he was awarded USSSA All-American Honors and named to the 2012 USSSA National Team. Zach will be competing with the National Team and their quest for Gold this July in the USSSA Gold Medal Games.
We recently caught up with Zach and asked him a few questions regarding his commitment to OSU and his experience leading to the USSSA All-American Games.
Q: Where did you first hear about ABR and USSSA AAGs?
A: I first heard about the programs just a couple of weeks before the Michigan Top 30 in the invite that I received for the camp.
Q: Being the highly talented player you are, how did you enjoy the USSSA All-American Games, and how was it different than what you have been to in the past?
A: The USSSA All-American Games were a great experience. Getting to showcase in front of all the coaches and see the talent that I have to compete against really helped me see where I was in the game.
Q: You recently committed to Ohio State University, what made you pick that school so early in your college selection process?
A: OSU was great to me. I have family that graduated from there and they of course pushed me. But all of the coaches and the team really made me feel welcome…like I was already a member of the team.
Q: Zach, you join fellow class of 2014 graduate and ABR All-American Jacob Niggemeyer with your commitment to Ohio State. How does it make you feel that you are two of the first players in your class to choose a college and you picked the same school?
A: It just really shows me that OSU is really pushing to get the big players that they need to get a great team together. I play with Niggemeyer now and knowing that he is the type of talent that they are looking for really makes me confident in the team for the future.
Q: Ohio State mentioned you were 91-93 when they saw you pitch. What helped you get the few extra miles per hour since we last saw you in the summer (88mph)?
A: All of the off-season arm strengthening programs that Moeller has had me doing in the fall and winter really helped. Also, I have been working out more this year and that probably has also helped.
Q: What do you most look forward to about The Ohio State? How do you like the coaching there?
A: I’m looking forward to being a part of such a great college the most. All of the tradition that comes out of there is amazing. Just being able to say that I am going to be able to attend The Ohio State is really just a humbling feeling. All of the coaches there made me feel like I was something big. They were always talking to me and making me feel at home…like I was already a part of the program. That was the best.
Q: You pitched and hit at the USSSA All-American Games last summer, what will you be doing at Ohio State? How does it make you feel having to possibly give up one or the other?
A: I am planning on being a two way player at OSU. I plan to start in right or maybe at first base, all depending on time and how I mature. But I also feel like I have to possibility to pursue my pitching abilities there as well.
Q: What kind of off-season work outs do you do to get in shape? (i.e. personal trainer, school program, etc.)
A: Moeller has a great off-season workout program that they put us through. We condition, throw, hit, and lift 5 days a week. I feel like that really helped me out to get in shape and get stronger.
Q: Who do you fear facing the most in Ohio and why? (pitching or hitting)
A: Bennentendi is one of the best hitters around, I watched him play all throughout the summer and really admire his ability at the plate.
It seems as though Zach Shannon will be one to fear in the USSSA Gold Medal Games this summer. The talented sophomore certainly has a bright future again and we look forward to watching it unravel.