In today's second Prospect Focus we head to North Carolina to chat with 2017 Wake Forest commit Matt Oldham. Oldham is a fundamentally sound catching prospect who attends Northwood High School. Oldham hits form the from the left side and has some juice in his bat. Please today's second Prospect Focus with Matt Oldham.
Name: Matt Oldham
High School: Northwood High School
School Mascot: Chargers
District/Conference: Big 8
Height/Weight: 6’0” 185 LBS
College Commit: Wake Forest University
Travel Team: Evoshield Canes Central 17u
Please list events you have participated in Showcases, Big Tournaments, Big Games:
40-Man USA 15u Trials, 2015 PG Jr. National, PG world Series (15u, 16u), PG WWBA (15, 16u), 2015 UA Pre-season all American tournament
What is the biggest stage you have ever played on, and why do you feel it was the biggest?
The biggest stage I have ever played on was the 15u 40-man USA trials because I was competing against the 40 best players my age as well as getting an opportunity to represent USA across my chest. There was also a lot of college scouts there and at that time I had not committed.
You have made your college decision, why did you make that choice. What were some of the key factors?
I chose Wake Forest University because first and foremost it is one of the best academic Universities in the country. Secondly, Wake Forest is in the best baseball conference there is which is the ACC. Also, I wanted to stay in NC.
If you had to win a game who would be your starting pitcher if you were calling the shots and why?
If had to pick one pitcher to win a game it would be Colin Peluse because he is a competitor on the mound. He wants to win the game more than anybody on the field, he also can hit his spots with major movement on the baseball.
Who has made the biggest impact on your baseball career to date, and why?
My parents have made the biggest impact on my baseball career to date because they have sacrificed many things in order to get to where I need to get. They have provided for me and have traveled all over the country for me.
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?
My high school team this spring will be a contender for a conference title this year. We have a lot of experience and look to do damage. Our roster this year is older and have a lot more experience with seniors and Juniors leading the way. I believe our team will be able to go deep into the playoffs. We will be a team that can swing it and back it up as well.
Who is the best player skill wise you have ever played with?
Noah Campbell, he has all the tools.
Who is the best teammate/leader you have ever played with and why?
Evoshield Canes 2017 Prime 2015 Shane Roberts is the best teammate I have ever played with because he was in it for the team and could get it done on the mound no matter what the circumstances were.
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?
II have been working out 3 days a week at DiamondFit Performance in Raleigh, while taking catching lessons from former NC State Catcher Brett Austin. I hit with Clay Council, take speed and agility with Travis Lindhorst, while catching bullpens for Miami Marlins 40-man roster invitee pitcher Austin Brice. On top of that I take yoga from Sage Rountree. I have also put on 10 pounds this offseason, by eating right and working out.
I have worked on receiving the baseball a lot this offseason and speed. I have drastically improved both of those areas. One of my strengths would be hitting, and my strong arm.
What are you looking forward to most this year in the upcoming school/travel seasons and why?
I am looking forward to having fun on the field, and winning a lot of games. My school and travel teams are extremely talented and I believe that we could contend with anybody.
If you had a day away from the baseball field what would you go do for fun?
I would most likely spend my day playing basketball, or hang out with my friends and family.
Who is your prediction to win the CWS this year? Why do you think this team will make a run in Omaha?
I predict Wake Forest to win the CWS this year because they have one of the best if not the best lineup in the country and it has been quite some time since that has happened.