Tiger Taxonomy: Matt Schultz
- Class: Incoming Freshman
- Hometown: Plainfield, IL
- Previously: Oswego East High School
- H/W: 6'2/ 200lbs
- B/T: R/R
- Position: RHP
Schultz makes up part of Auburn's highly anticipated 2012 Signing Class. A powerful RHP from Illinois, Schultz shows that Coach Pawlowski and his staff aren't afraid of recruiting outside the Southeast. He's a Perfect Game prospect from the Chicago area who is already topping 93 on his fastball. PG had this to say in his profile:
Pretty impressive and pretty solid for Auburn to get a player who's competed in the prestigious area code games. That 93 mph? That's coming after he had Tommy John surgery going into his junior year:
I would recommend checking out that entire story from The Ledger Sentinel. It is a bit dated, but it serves as caution for overusing high school arms so soon. Schultz is a pitcher reborn and a guy who almost had his entire future taken away from him.
So how did an Illinois kid come home to the Plains? He wasn't that highly recruited for a while and many colleges were coming to see his travel ball teammate Bret Lilek (Arizona State commit) instead of him. Still, Schultz turned heads and Auburn won him over:
The MLB could come calling but he might have a better chance at Auburn as scouts might shy away from his arm history and not take a risk given the new CBA. Auburn can't do anything to change that. For now it's good to know Schultz has his Auburn priorities in order:
War Eagle and Welcome Matt.