Baseball Player Profile: Hayden Duer
March 17, 2017This article was written by Joel Soria
Cal State University, Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) 22-year-old starting catcher Hayden Duer has been the fulcrum of the Otters baseball offense this year. Only 18 games into the 2017 season and the Davis, The Human Communication major leads the team in: RBI’s (21), Hits (27), as well as in Home Runs (4). The numbers have been so impressive, that he has caught the attention of several Major League Baseball teams. I caught up with Hayden to talk about his approach, ups and downs, and tendencies that have aided his dominant play on America’s pastime.
Q: You’ve been putting up emphatic numbers all across the board with the Otters in what is a still a young season. Who or what do you credit it to?
A: We have a great team with a lot of talent and everyone on this team pushes each other every day to get better and when you have a great group of guys that you play with, you want to play well for them. So I want to credit the entire team for the way we play and the attitude we bring to the field every day.
Q: What has been the toughest point of your career? Your best?
A: The toughest point of my career was my freshman year when I had to redshirt because I couldn’t play and I had to watch the games from the sidelines. The best moment of my career was last season when I was awarded first team all league and hit the most home runs in the league.
Q: What are some personal goal(s) of yours for the remainder of the season?
A: Some personal goals of mine are that I would like to help this program get to its first National Championship. For myself I’d like to win MVP of the conference and get drafted into professional baseball.
Q: What player did you idolize growing up and why?
A: I idolized a couple of players, first is Joe Mauer a catcher for the Twins because I loved watching him play, and I idolized Josh Donaldson because he plays the game hard and smart every day.
Q: Do you have any pregame rituals?
A: I like to arrive at the field early on game days, grab everything Do you have any pregame rituals? I need to play, including my foam roller, listen to the same 3 songs (With That by Young Thug, Back in Business by E40 and Honeycomb by Andre Nickatina) while I put on my cleats and roll out my legs with nobody around.