Dynamic Baseball’s evening edition of Prospect Focus centers around Crisfield (MD) right-hander and Liberty commit, Caleb Evans. It is not often that a 6’7″ pitcher goes under the radar but Evans did just that. He quietly put up solid outing after solid outing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland before launching himself onto the showcase scene in the fall of 2013. There Evans quickly made opposing batters and college scouts take notice until he finally garnered the attention of the Big South school in Lynchburg, VA. While he boasts a mid-upper 80s fastball and a good slider, it’s Evans quick arm and lean frame that has scouts believing that the best is yet to come. Please enjoy this evening’s Dynamic Prospect Focus with Caleb Evans.
Name: Caleb Evans
High School: Crisfield High School
School Mascot: Crab (AKA “Crabbers”)
District/Conference: Bayside South
Height/Weight: 6’7” / 185 lbs.
College Commit: Liberty University
Travel Team: Evoshield Canes
Please list events you have participated in Showcases, Big Tournaments, Big Games:
2012 MSABC Junior Classic, 10th Annual Mid-Atlantic High School Baseball Classic, 2012 South Atlantic Border Battle for the San Diego Padres in North Carolina.
What is the biggest stage you have ever played on, and why do you feel it was the biggest?
The 2012 South Atlantic Border Battle. It was listed as the biggest showcase ever held on North Carolina soil. This event was strictly invitation only in collaboration with Major League Baseball, in front of dozens of college coaches and professional scouts.
You recently made your college choice, why did you make that choice. What were some of the key factors?
The perfect choice for me was Liberty University. It is a beautiful, growing campus with many exciting transformations underway. The most important aspect in my decision is that it’s a Christian college with the mission of Training Champions for Christ. Coaches Jim Toman, Garrett Quinn and Jason Murray are doing a great job with the program, and are picked to win the North division in the Big South Conference this year. It doesn’t hurt that they will open a new “state of the art” baseball stadium this year. I’ve already met some of my future teammates and I can’t wait to take the mound as a Liberty Flame.
If you had to have one hitter up to bat with the winning run on 3rd in the bottom of the 7th, who would it be?
I would choose Tyler Norcross. Playing with him for the Evoshield CANES, he was a “beast with a bat.” He hit for average and power, always coming through for us when we needed it. Charleston Southern is getting a good one.
Who has made the biggest impact on your baseball career to date, and why?
The CANES coaching staff help put me in the right places at the right time. A big shout out to Coaches Dan Gitzen, John Batchelor and Greg Conner. Also to Jamie Evans for his guidance and the VELO program, and to Jordan Palmer for the strength and conditioning program and for pushing me to my limits.
What kind of a team do you think your High School Team will be this spring? How far do you think you can go, and why?
Last year we tied the school’s record for wins in a season, so I believe this year will be the best baseball team in our school’s history. CHS has a team laden with seniors, complimented by some really good underclassmen talent. We should win a few playoff games this year.
Who is the best player you have ever played with to date?
It’s difficult to pick just one standout player. All my teammates on the CANES were special athletes. If I had to pick one I would say Pierce Suttles behind the plate. We were always on the same page and I felt comfortable throwing to him.
Who is the best teammate/leader you have ever played with and why?
Alex Gransback. We played together on the Evoshield CANES last Fall. He was uplifting to his teammates always giving 100%, setting a good example on and off the field. A solid leadoff hitter! Wish him all the best at VCU.
What kind of things have you done this off season to prepare for this upcoming season Spring/Summer/Fall? What are some of your weaknesses, and strengths you have worked on and how?
I’ve been working with Jamie Evans with the VELO program. I’m hoping to be more explosive and stronger. Helping me with that is Jordan Palmer and his strength and conditioning program. Standing 6’7”, it’s difficult to repeat the same delivery every time, but I have faith I’ll get it.
What are you looking forward to most this year in the upcoming school/travel seasons and why?
I want to make the most of my senior year. I’m going to enjoy every game, every inning, and every out because it’s going to go by so fast. God has blessed me with great coaches and I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve had along the way.
If you had a day away from the baseball field what would you go do for fun?
Living on Smith Island, my friends and I like to go fishing in the bay. Then we get together and grill them that evening. Of course we share with the ladies. Doesn’t get any better than that!
What is your prediction on this year’s final four who is going to cut down the nets at the Georgia Dome this year?
My prediction for the final four is Miami, Louisville, Gonzaga and N.C. State. My sleeper to cut down the nets is……. N.C. State.