Prairie Home senior Trever Huth made no qualms about why he selected Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri to play baseball for the next-two years.
After a stellar career at Prairie Home and stints with the St. Louis Stint, Huth said Tuesday in an interview at Prairie Home High School that he signed with MAC because it was the best fit for him.
“I love the campus and the people there and they have great baseball,” Huth said.
Mineral Area College baseball coach Stan Walden said the Cardinal program is very, very excited about getting Huth into the program.
“He obviously has a lot of upside in that he is 6-3, he is an athlete and he can play third, outfield and pitch a little bit,” Walden said. “We will probably look at Trever as a utility player. If he does pitch for us, it will be more of a middle relief type role but I see him more as a third baseball/outfielder for our program.”
During the 2012 fall season, Huth led the Panthers with a .593 clip with seven walks and only two strikeouts in six games. He was also 3-2 as a pitcher with 42 strikeouts and only five walks in 22 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, in the spring of 2012, Huth was even better at the plate while hitting .650 with 13 walks and only three strikeouts in 11 games. In 42 2/3 pitched, Huth struck out 76 batters and walked 18 for a record of 3-4.
Prairie Home baseball coach Jesse Oswald said Mineral Area College is getting a great asset by signing Trever to their baseball team.
“Mineral Area has great baseball teams and they play a very hard Division I National Junior College Athletic Association schedule,” stated Oswald. “As a pitcher for us, we’ve always felt that we have a chance to win ballgames whenever he is on the mound. He is going to be a big help to their team not just as a pitcher, but also as a leader. Trever has been a leader for my teams the past two years, not just by what he says, but also his work ethic. He is a very hard worker and has the tools it takes to succeed at the next level. He is part of our program that will truly be missed. I am glad that he has the chance to take his talents to another level and to also further his education. I look forward to following him in college and seeing where he ends up.”
While earning all-conference and all-district during his tenure at Prairie Home, Huth said he wants to start and be that everyday player at the college level. I want to help the team to have a winning season and go to a world series, Huth said.
The senior standout also has lofty goals after Mineral Area College. He said he would like to move on to a good four-year school and play baseball and then move on the work place with the family farm.
With interest also from Crowder, Central Methodist, Missouri Valley and Pratt, Huth said he knows to play at the next level that he will have to improve on his fielding and hitting.
“I believe fielding is my weak point and I need to work hard to get it where it needs to be,” Huth said.
Although wins have been few and far between for the Panthers during Huth’s tenure, he said the highlight of his career was when Prairie Home got to its first win in the district tournament.
As far as the biggest influence on him in baseball, Huth said his summer coach Bob Coons has taught him a lot not only on the field but off the field as well. “He taught me about life and how to approach it,” Huth said.