Georgia's Top Lefty Making His Mark

Miers Quigley is a name to remember for the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, however talking to Quigley you would think he is a normal teenager player the game he adores, and not somebody that could one day make millions in the sport.

"I don't have too many expectations" Quigley told Scout.com in a recent interview. "I am just looking forward to playing some baseball. If I get drafted, I would love it. It would be the best thing in the world. However, if not, I would love to go to college, and get an education as well."

Quigley has given a verbal commitment to Alabama University, and if things do not fall into his favor in June, he will be continuing his baseball career in a respected collegiate baseball program.

"Alabama was the most cordial to me, and their campus and facilities were just beautiful" Quigley said.

Quigley is ranked as the second best left hand pitcher in the country by Baseball America, and sits in the top fifteen amongst all high school pitchers. The tall left hander, considered by many to be an early round pick in the 2005 draft, shows command of two above average pitches, his fast-ball and his change-up, and is currently working on getting his slider to that level.

"I would consider my change-up to be my best pitch" said Quigley. "I try to speed hitters up with my change-up, and then come back with my fast ball. I think that has been the most dominating part of my repertoire the last few years."

"I started throwing the slider last year, and it has come along well, though I need to work on throwing it harder, and causing a tighter spin on it to confuse the hitters more."

The Georgia native has grown up watching successful pitching up close, as he attended many Braves game during his childhood. Beginning playing baseball at age five, Quigley quickly developed a passion for the sport, and credits his parents for the tremendous influence on his baseball career.

"My parents influenced me to play the game. They were huge Braves fans, and I started going to games with them back in 79. Since I first began playing at age five, I had always loved the game."

Whether it is having professional or college scouts watching his left arm, or playing for well known East Cobb summer team, Quigley is constantly up against the pressure to perform. However, the extra pressure put on Quigley does not affect him, as he maintains his excellent composure on the mound and his smooth delivery.

"I try to zone all that out, and focus on playing catch with my catcher" said the left-hander. "Attending those showcases has been tremendously important to my growth as a pitcher, being able to face the best talent from around the country, it gets you better and prepares you for the future at the same time."

Even pitching for Roswell High School, Quigley needs to be on top of his game. Georgia has some of the best high school baseball talent in the country, and playing in the highest classification (5A), Quigley faces the best of Georgia each time he is on the mound.

"It is a hotbed in terms of competition" say's Quigley. "Every team has more than four players than can swing the bat, and you need to bring your game face every time you pitch."


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