Diamond Spotlight - Steven Duggar, Byrnes High School: Steven Duggar has spent every recent Spring playing for the pinnacle of prep baseball. He burst onto the horizon at a very young age, and continues to produce. He has signed with Clemson and will get legit pro interest this spring too...
DP-Please list any high school statistics of importance, awards won:
SD-Last year as a Junior in high school, I hit for a season avg. of .632. I was an All-State and All-Region selection in Baseball. I led the team in batting average, RBI's, hits and runs scored.
DP-You have committed to Clemson, what factors led to that decision? What other schools did you select them over?
SD-As soon as I took my visit down to Clemson, I felt like it was a home to me. I felt part of a family and I felt wanted. I definitely felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself.
DP-Why do you think they recruited you?
SD-I guess because of the way I went about playing the game and the energy I brought to my high school team.
DP-What is your greatest high school thrill?
SD-My greatest high school thrill would definitely playing with guys I have grown up with.
DP-Where does your love for baseball come from?
SD-My Step Dad, Doug Angeli, really instilled the game in me when I was little and has made me the player I am today. And ever since then, I have fallen in love with the game.
DP-What has travel ball done for your baseball career?
SD-Travel ball has definitely got my name out to the nation. It is something I am glad I did.
DP-Who are the three toughest pitchers you have faced?
SD-Lucas Giolito, Matthew Crownover, Jordan Montgomery
DP-What do you think your teammates thoughts are on the attention from colleges that you've gotten?
SD-I don't really know. But I do think it gives some of the unnoticed players on our team some exposure which is something I am very proud of.
DP-A successful 2012 for your high school team is:
SD-Winning State, period.
DP-What major leaguer do you compare your game to and why?
SD-Jose Bautista, because I love the way he goes about the game and the presence he brings to the clubhouse.
DP-Who are the three best underclassmen in South Carolina that you know of?
SD-Reed Rohlman, Byrnes, LF. Thomas Bessinger, Blythewood, SS. Watcher Brothers, Sumter.
DP-What anxieties do you have about entering college?
SD-Getting used to the feel of being an actual Clemson Tiger and stepping foot on the field I can call home.
DP-What is the toughest adjustment you expect after high school on and off the field?
SD-Getting used to the college life and getting acclimated to the new chapter in my life.
DP-Tell us why you believe you'll succeed beyond high school in this game:
SD-Because of my work ethic and the love of the game.
DP-What areas of your game do you need to work on the most to improve before you hit the college practice field?
SD-Getting bigger, faster, stronger. And continue to work on everything else I am blessed with that I bring to the game.
DP-What is the biggest crowd you've ever performed in front of and where?
SD-2010 State Championship against White Knoll HS at White Knoll.
DP-Who has made the greatest impression on you as a person and why?
SD-My mother. My father passed away when I was 10 years old and the strength and love she has given me will be with me for the rest of my life. She has given me everything I need to succeed and for that I am thankful to her.
DP-Who has made the greatest impression on you as a baseball player and why?
SD-Doug Angeli. He has always been there for me. We will stay up on school nights hitting until 1 AM working on my swing at the house. He is always hard on me but he has been to the next level and I want to take after him and be his successor.
DP-What does the term "student-athlete" mean to you?
SD-Academics first, then baseball.
DP-What do you intend to major in?
DP-What MLB feat in history do you wish you'd been inside the stadium to witness and why?
SD-When the Braves retired Bobby Cox's jersey because he was an outstanding manager.
DP-Who is your favorite athlete outside of baseball and why?
SD-Peyton Manning because he is a leader on the football field and in the Colts organization.
DP-Who is your favorite MLB pitcher and position player and why?
SD-Justin Verlander because he is so effective on the mound. And Jose Bautista because of the way he does work in the batters box.
DP-What big leaguer would you most compare your game to?
DP-Who is your favorite MLB team?
DP-What do you think about the Designated Hitter in MLB?
SD-I love it. If a guy can only swing the stick, let him do it.
DP-What is your favorite sport to play other than baseball?
DP-What is your favorite sport to watch other than baseball?
DP-What are some of your hobbies?
SD-Hanging out with friends, traveling, playing baseball.
DP-Use three words to describe yourself:
SD-Outgoing, Laid Back, Dedicated
DP-What is something people don't know about you?
SD-The obstacles I had to deal with when my father died.
DP-If there were going to be a movie made about your life, who would you want to play you?
SD-Will Ferrell because the guy is hilarious.
DP-Do you have a Twitter account? If so, who's your favorite person to follow?
SD-Yes. And it would definitely have to be Brandon Phillips.
DP-What's your favorite thing to listen to when you're working out?
DP-Who is your favorite actor and actress?
SD-Tyreese Gibson and Zoe Saldana
DP-What is your favorite movie?
DP-What is your favorite thing to watch on television?
DP-What type of music do you prefer?
DP-What is (or would be) your ‘intro' song?
SD-Crank that Soulja Boy Travis Barker Remix
DP-What is your favorite video game?
SD-NCAA Football 2012
DP-What is your favorite meal?
DP-What goals do you have for yourself in and out of baseball?
SD-To make it to the BIGS. To help people when they have no one else to turn to.
DP-If you could have dinner with three people in history, who would they be and why?
SD-Jackie Robinson, Marylyn Monroe, Mickey Mantle
DP-Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SD-Either in practice in Physical Therapy or playing pro ball.
DP-You have been a participant in the Palmetto Games, in what way has that added to your high school baseball experience?
SD-Definitely helps guys get noticed in the state and continues their careers beyond high school.
DP-What are your thoughts on what Diamond Prospects has done for kids in the state of South Carolina?
SD-Ya'll definitely help guys get noticed and put their names out there. Helps college coaches realize who you are and put you in a good position to get recruited.
DP-Give a young high school player who is reading this article one piece of advice:
SD-Always work hard and never give up in anything in life. Don't take anything for granted and always strive to be better the next day. Our days in this game are numbered. Once it's gone, it's gone. Relax and play the game you know how to play. Most importantly, have fun.
DP- Steven, well-done young man. You have a strong prep resume already, also a bright future. Thanks for the time and good luck!