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Schubart Snowballs into Top 10

Blake Dowson        
Photo: Nolan Schubart (Perfect Game)

High School Class of 2022 Player Rankings | Rankings Risers: Class of 2022

Nolan Schubart is one of the top prospects in the 2022 class.

When Perfect Game published its updated class rankings this fall, Schubart had some of the biggest momentum in the class, ranking at No. 10 overall, and the No. 5 outfielder.

Schubart doesn’t love looking at rankings, but everyone looks. You’re not human if you’re not curious where you rank, especially when you are a top-10 talent.

“[Looking at the rankings] can mess with people’s heads,” he said. “It can change a person’s personality, and I don’t want to change my personality. So I try to stay away.”

But he allowed himself to check out the rankings, and although being ranked tenth was an honor, he saw something wrong with it.

“It’s a really good feeling to be a top-10 kid in the class with so many other great players out there,” Schubart said. “But it can be motivation for me too, because I know there are nine other guys out there in front of me that I can try to beat out.”

Schubart, a 6-foot-4 lefthanded hitter, played first base and the outfield for the varsity squad at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School this past spring as a freshman. After a 7-9 start to the season, Schubart helped the team, which sits about 45 minutes northwest of Detroit, reel off 31 straight wins and claim a state title.

The big lefty had played up in age most of his life, he explained, but playing against 17- and 18-year-olds is a whole different ballgame.

The game happens a lot quicker. There’s less room for error. Schubart had teammates he could lean on though, like Michigan commit Logan Wood, Duke commit Alex Mooney, Michigan State commit Dillon Kark, and fellow freshman Brock Porter, a top-100 player in the 2022 class, himself.

Schubart fit right in, though. He had two base hits, including a triple and an RBI, in the state championship game. For the year, he hit .400 with a team-high 42 RBI and five home runs.

The experience he got against older and more developed competition helped him when it came to travel ball season this summer.

“It’s a big change going from playing in your age group to playing against guys that are going into their freshman year of college soon,” Schubart said. “Playing against that top competition all the time, I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Having great teammates that are older than me helped me out as well…It was definitely a change, playing with the younger guys [in the summer]. It’s just a lot different playing with the older group rather than the guys my age.”

Schubart played in three Perfect Game events this summer, and was named to the Top Prospect List or All-Tournament team at each of them.

Playing at the 2019 WWBA 16u National Championship at the LakePoint Sports Complex, again above his own age group, Schubart pitched his way to the All-Tournament team, tossing five scoreless innings and topping 89 mph on his fastball.

In early August, he was named to the Top Prospect list at the 14u National Showcase, where he showcased his power at the plate and his ability in the field.

It all culminated with his selection to the 2019 14u PG Select Baseball Festival, held in Fort Myers from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. As a member of Team Gordon, Schubart pitched one scoreless inning, went 2-for-2 at the plate, added a pair of walks and RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.

He was named the Most Valuable Player of the event. It was the experience of playing in the event that made him excited to attend. The hardware was a bonus.

“Hanging out with guys from all across the country, and outside of the country too, it was a blast,” Schubart said. “It was a really fun experience playing against them. Perfect Game held a heck of an event.

“I was going down there to have fun and meet some new guys and showcase my skills a little bit more. I wanted to be named the MVP, but those weren’t my intentions when I went down there. I just wanted to play well and have the rest take care of itself.”

When Schubart attends national events, he plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

He’s from the north. Where he lives, there’s already snow on the ground. It won’t go away now until the spring. He’s relegated to indoor facilities now, where he does a throwing program with his high school team, lifts three to five times a week, runs just as much as he lifts, and hits at an indoor facility near his house.

Schubart grew up a Michigan fan. He takes on the same mentality as the Michigan Wolverine baseball team that came within one win of a national championship this past summer. Not-so-coincidentally, Schubart had signed on to play at Michigan right before this past college baseball season.

“Nobody thought Michigan was going to make it. They weren’t ranked going into it,” he said. “They were one of the final four teams in. And to be the quote-unquote underdog, and see them winning, and to be able to say, ‘Yeah, that’s my college.’ It’s cool to be able to say to people that you don’t have to go south to go to Omaha.”

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