MW baseball player Trevor Stuckey hopes to prove unbelievers wrong
BY AARON HAGEN The Globe WORTHINGTON -- The walls of Trevor Stuckey's room at the Bluejay Villas are lined with reminders. Reminders of those who doubted him, of those who told him he wasn't good enough. "Out of shape. No good. Throw harder." The...
BY AARON HAGEN
WORTHINGTON -- The walls of Trevor Stuckey’s room at the Bluejay Villas are lined with reminders.
Reminders of those who doubted him, of those who told him he wasn’t good enough.
“Out of shape. No good. Throw harder." They read.
“I look at it every day,” he said.
As a freshman on Minnesota West’s baseball team, Stuckey now stands a tall and athletic 6-4. He is a relentless worker on and off the field, but that wasn’t always the case.
“In elementary, middle school and freshman year, I couldn’t wait to get out of school to go play video games with my friends,” he said. “I didn’t take exercise or health seriously. I just stayed home and played video games. After coaches told me I sucked and teammates and friends I grew up with, they told me I sucked and I couldn’t do anything, I’m like, 'You know what, I’m going to prove all you wrong. God gave me a gift.' On my wall in my bedroom, I have written quotes from people for motivation. It’s just something I have a passion for. My goal is to prove people wrong. It’s hard to describe the feeling when people doubt you because that makes people work extra hard.”
Stuckey has baseball in his blood. His father, Kevin, played professionally, making it to Class A for the New York Mets organization.
“He’s just like a sponge,” MW head coach TD Hostikka said. “I think he has a lot more upside than what we’re even seeing now. He has just an outstanding curveball; one of the best that we’ve seen ever. That makes his fastball that much faster. He has a lot of potential.”
Stuckey throws in the high 80s, but ask about his offspeed pitch and a sly smile comes across his face.
“I kind of like that pitch,” he said. “I throw a slider to righties and I learned a 12-6 curve, so I’ve been throwing that to lefties or to change the eye level of the hitter.”
Originally from Florida, he attended four different high schools. Being a short and admittedly out-of-shape freshman, he knew changes needed to be made. In the offseason, he lost 30 pounds and grew four inches, molding into the athlete he is today. After high school, he attended Inspiration Academy for a season where the focus was solely on baseball. Now, he’s found a home with the Bluejays.
“I’ve had college coaches and people tell me I just wasn’t good enough, coaches tell me I sucked and I couldn’t do anything,” Stuckey said. “I never really put myself out there for recruiting-wise. Coach (Jaymes) Six, the assistant coach here, coached me in high school and we’ve known each other for a while. So he offered to take me up here. Since I’ve come up here, it’s been good.”
Stuckey is in the law enforcement program at Minnesota West, and is a line judge for the West volleyball team. His dream is to return to the University of Cincinnati to play baseball and become a police officer.
“I’ve wanted to be a cop for a few years now. I saw my grandfather do it and it’s just something I thought was cool,” he said. “I want to help people. I couldn’t sit behind a desk, it’s just boring for me. Baseball can only take me so far in life. Being a police officer, you’re not going to make that much money, but it’s something I have a passion for. I’ve researched it, they have one of the best criminal justice programs and their baseball program and facilities are beautiful.”
With everything Stuckey has endured already in his athletic career, he has learned to appreciate what he has.
“There’s been times when I’ve wanted to quit. Everybody’s had those moments,” he said. “You go 0-for-4 or if you pitch, you go in and get one inning or something like that. I can’t remember how many times I came home from a game and told my mom, 'Pull me out, I suck.' But the next day you go out there and you realize why you play. People take it for granted. I stopped taking it for granted and it changes your perspective on it.”