Today's Dynamic Baseball Prospect Focus takes us to the historic program of DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland to catch up with 2019 standout and Duke commit Thomas Keehn. Keehn who checks in at #8 in our Overall Top 50 Player rankings for the 2019 class is a talented two way prospect. On the bump Keehn can run his fastball into the upper 80's with good command and solid secondary stuff. As a position player, Keehn shows soft hands up the middle to go along with his above average hit tool at the plate. Please enjoy today's Prospect Focus with this future Blue Devil.
What was your three biggest factors and making your college decision?
The first was trying to find a school that wanted me as a two-way player. The second factor was playing in one of the toughest conferences and against the best teams with the best competition.The third factor was trying to find the best overall fit with education, baseball and a great coaching staff.
What other schools showed interest in you?
North Carolina, Virginia, Miami, Maryland, East Carolina and some others.
What ultimately made you choose Duke University?
There were numerous reasons why I chose Duke. Playing in the south was definitely an attraction and Duke is an amazing academic institution. Coach Pollard and coach Jordan really made me feel wanted. I also wanted to play in the ACC against some of the best competition in the country. Duke is building a great program and it's just a matter of time before they become a top 20 team. I hope I can help make that happen.
How do you plan on juggling the school work and being a student athlete?
Duke has a lot of support for their baseball players so I imagine college will be a full-time job, but between baseball, school and work outs I really don't have much of a social life now anyway so it shouldn't be much different. I look at my baseball teammates as my friends and get a lot of social interaction with those guys.
How has travel ball prepared you for the college level?
I will say that our travel team prepares us pretty well because we consistently play in national tournaments which means we are playing against the very best teams and players in the country which in turn will help me in the future.
What do you feel you can bring to the table as a freshman?
With all the hard work I'm putting in now, I truly believe that physically I'm almost there and if I keep working on my mental approach I'll be able to help the team win as a freshman.
Which tools have you been looking to improve this off-season?
I believe that I need to work on all tools at all times, but focusing on speed, agility, arm care and lower body weight training.
What are you looking forward to this travel ball season?
I'm mainly looking forward to playing with my buds. We have a unique and special team in the Richmond Braves which are currently ranked number nine in the country and I truly believe we will be a top 3 team by the end of the year. My coaches understand the game very well and always put us in a position to win the big events.
Which part of your game do you feel is the strongest?
Since I work on all parts of my game equally, I feel that there's parts of the year where pitching is my strongest attribute but then there's times when I'm seeing the ball really well and hitting seams to take over.
Which part of your game do you feel like you need to work on the most?
Agility is something I haven't worked on in the past but coach O'Conner at DeMatha High School mentioned it to me in my spring exit interview so that's what I've been focusing on this winter. Since I primarily play the middle infield agility and range is always something I can get better at.
What are you looking forward to the most this coming high school season?
DeMatha High School is a school of excellence and my goal will be to help our baseball team support that reputation. We have a very young team but play like an older team!