Dexter High School junior Devin Catlin is having a solid junior season for the Cedar Vale/Dexter baseball team.
Catlin, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound, pitcher/short stop, has been huge on the mound in 2019. He is 6-0 on the year with a 0.52 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. Catlin was 6-2 last season with 40 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA as a sophomore. This season he also has two no-hitters.
Catlin can also swing it as he has 16 hits this season and 14 RBI while hitting .327. He has hit over .300 in each of the last three seasons and has his entire senior season remaining in 2020.
For his efforts, last season Catlin was named a second team all-state selection in the infield ater hitting .328 as a junior in 2018.
Catlin also had a solid basketball season as he earned all league SCBL and honorable mention all-state ater averaging 14.0 pprg, 3.4 4pg, 2.2 apg and shot 46 percent from the three-point line.
For now Catlin is set on getting his Cedar Vale-Dexter baseball team, led by head coach Luke Wachter, into the 2019 2-1A KSHSAA State Baseball Tournament. CVD has a 15-2 record entering by KSHSAA seeding set last week as the #1 seed in the Bluestem regional. Udall/Oxford have a play-in game with the winner moving on to take on Cedar Vale/Dexter at 3:30 pm on Monday.
We caught up with Catlin below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
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Q&A w/ Devin Catlin
How did you get involved in baseball?
I started playing baseball when I was seven in Wichita, I just fell in love with the game at a young age from seeing It on TV.
What are your goals this season?
The goal is always to win league, but I want to get back to the state tournament and win it all!
Do you guys have a shot to do big things this year?
I definitely believe we have a shot at state, and if we can get there, I believe we can make a splash!
What makes you such a force as an athlete?
At a young age I was always shorter and smaller, so I had to work twice as hard to keep up with other athletes, so I would say my work ethic.
What’s the atmosphere like to play sports for your school and town?
For a small town we have great fans and a great community that would give anything for one another.
For anyone that hasn’t seen you or your team compete, why come and support?
Our team has great players and we work as a unit, that’s what makes us a special team!
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a competitor?
My biggest strength is my leadership and my drive to win in everything I do. My weaknesses are probably my competitiveness, I hate losing and it gets the best of me at times.
Do you play in the summer as well and what team, how is that?
I played in the summer growing up but not currently. I currently play AAU basketball in the offseason
Who are other key athletes on your team we need to look for?
Brady Snyder, Arik Artherton, and Jasper Young, to name a few. Really all the guys because they give me support when I’m on the mound!
Favorite thing about baseball?
My favorite thing is definitely the post season, the win or go home games. They make the atmosphere energetic and give everyone something to play for.
How cool is the state baseball experience if you’ve been?
It is unreal, going my Freshman year at Oxford really drives me to get back.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I play Basketball as well, I’m a Point Guard. I received 2nd team all-league honors my Sophomore year, first team honors this season, and HM All State.
What is it like to compete for your coach?
Coach Wachter is fun to play for, he’s super laid back but very knowledgeable about the game. He has also won state titles as an athlete so he knows what it takes to get to the State tournament.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
Morning weights as well as throwing throughout the summer. Pretty much every athlete that has success in our school works out at least three times a week throughout the entire summer.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
So far, I have only been in connection with college basketball coaches, no baseball programs have shown interest. I haven’t decided on which I would rather play, it just comes down to what offers in what sport I get down the stretch. I would love to pitch at the next level.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
My favorite thing to do outside sports is get out on the lake in my kayak and fish.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 year’s I see myself either coaching or kicking off my career as an Athletic Director.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
My favorite subject is probably History. I am not the smartest kid in my school but I try to make up for it with my work ethic. I take multiple college classes and my GPA is a 3.6.
Who is your role model?
My dad is definitely my biggest role model when it comes to sports. He taught me everything I know about sports and how to be competitive. My mom is also one of the most genuine people I know, she taught me how to treat people.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
There is only one restaurant in Dexter, but in Winfield Pizza Hut is my go-to.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
Even though I live in a small town I was raised in the city, so I like rap music.