Pierce is one of the best athletes I've coached. In his younger days he was a staple behind home plate catching but as his playing days continued into high school he started to move more into the outfield due to his foot speed and athleticism. Not long before he committed to Yale, Pierce ran the fastest 60 yard dash time in Prep Baseball Report event history. Combine his speed with his electric fast hands hitting enabled him to get multiple division 1 offers shortly after that event. He attended Xavier High School in Appleton and excelled in the classroom which helped him earn his offer to play in the prestigious Ivy League Conference where academics are top notch. Read our Q&A below to learn more about Pierce and his journey...
*What is your favorite baseball memory from your club/travel baseball experience?
"I loved traveling to many different states in order to play against diverse competition at great venues/stadiums."
*What’s your favorite thing or aspect about college life?
"I like the responsibility of independence; it motivates me to get better individually rather than relying on being pushed by someone else."
*What’s your least favorite thing or aspect about college life?
"Sometimes it’s hard to maintain the same fun and “game” feel when we are 100% centered around baseball all the time and constantly competing for spots and playing time (although it is important to note that this is also part of the rewarding part when the extra work pays off)."
*What’s one thing you wish you would have known going into college?
"It took me a little bit to figure out that everyone already worked really hard (like myself) to get there and that it would take much more work than first anticipated to stand out and prevail. This ended up being a good thing because it forced me to take another look at the efficiency of my practice and day to day activity."
*Who’s been your biggest influence on your life to this point?
"My parents by far."
*What advice would you give to younger baseball players who want to play at the collegiate level?
"Work twice as hard as you think you need to and be patient. Enjoy your time where you are because it goes by quickly, invest in yourself 100%, have a vision, and focus on excelling at whatever level you’re at."
*What are you majoring in?
"Economics and Philosophy."
*How did playing club/travel baseball prepare you for college baseball?
"It allowed me to play against better and unique competition. This was beneficial because in college you are exposed to many new ways of playing a game you might have done the same way for nearly two decades. Playing against different teams gave me slightly different perspectives."
*What is something people may not know about you?
"I played the piano competitively for eight years and still enjoy sitting down to play a couple tunes when I get the opportunity."
*Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
"Still playing baseball, God willing."