Jacob Bolton - Morehead State University
What was your biggest learning experience once you got to college? What was different and what did you have to focus on to succeed in college.
The biggest learning experience I had was day in and day out playing the best competition.I feel that the Marlin organization helped me tremendously at teaching us how to compete to our highest potential.To be successful at the next level, you must keep a level head.You will make mistakes but you must be able to put them behind if you want to be ready for the next play or the next pitch.
How long is your average school day? How long do you spend in the weight room? How much time do you spend at practice? How do you balance it all?
With our season approaching, each day for me starts at 8 A.M. and I am usually done around 9:15 or 9:50 every morning.I also take two online classes that are much easier to manage with all of the travel we will have.I usually get to the field around noon each day and usually am done around 6 or 7 at night.We lift 4 days a week, usually taking our break on Wednesday.After that I go and get my study hall hours in, because we are required 5 hours per week.Its easy to manage all of this if I plan everything out ahead of time.It makes each day run smoothly if I know what is coming up.
How has the Marlin program prepared you for the next level?
The Marlin program taught me how to compete at the highest level and be as confident as possible in myself.I believe that in order to play good, you must be confident.
Where are you playing summer ball this year? What summer league are you in so Marlin fans can follow?
I am playing summer ball for the Butler Blue Sox in Butler, Pennsylvania in the Prospect League.
What position are you playing in college? And what will your role be to your team?
I am a Right Handed Pitcher and an Outfielder.I am the only two-way player on the team.I should expect to see 25-30 innings or more on the mound and I should get a decent amount of playing time in the Outfield.This fall I was 7th on the team in Quality-At-Bats, so I am hoping to keep that success going forward.
When does your season start? Are you taking any trips to start the spring season? If so where?
Our season starts in North Carolina and we will plat NC State.After that, we will then travel to Georgia, where we will play 3 different teams at the Perfect Game Facility.
What are some of your favorite memories of Midwest Marlins baseball?
Some of my favorite memories would have to be all of the traveling with my teammates or our tournaments in the Cincy Flames tournaments.Its hard to say my favorite memory because I enjoyed every moment with the team.
Would you refer someone to the marlins program and why?
I believe if you are looking to grow as a player, teammate, and friend, then the marlins program is the place to be.You will learn how to truly carry yourself and be the best player you can possibly be.
What do you miss most about high school sports?
I miss all of my teammates and coaches.We have shared so many great memories together and its hard not playing by their side anymore.
What motivates you to be successful?
The fact that everyone around me is so supportive and loving that I know no matter what I can be successful. Being given this amazing opportunity motivates me every day.