Name: Andrew Potojecki
High School: Chatham (VA)
Years with Dirtbags: 3
College Commitment: Longwood University
How has your High School season been so far?
The high school season has been good so far. I’ve just been trying to do what I can on the mound and as a leader to benefit the team’s success.
Talk about your mindset once you get on the mound to face opponents?
My mindset when facing opponents is to attack the zone early, make them get themselves out early on and put them away later in counts
You have been with the Dirtbags for now three years, what’s the most valuable lesson you have learned?
Just buy into the program and work as hard as you can. The rest will work out.
You have really good command of three pitches on the mound, where did you learn this art?
I’ve mainly learned to locate my pitches through bullpens and watching video of guys with more experience in the game. In my mind I always try to throw my secondary pitches off of my fastball, and if something isn’t working like it should then go back to the fastball to find the source of the problem.
What Dirtbag baseball means to you?
Dirtbag Baseball means always playing to the full extent of my abilities, always leaving it on the field.
You have gotten better every year, what do you attribute your success toward?
I attribute my success to the work ethic that the Dirtbag program creates. To be a Dirtbag and be successful in the program you have to work on and off the field.
Talk about the friendships you have made while playing for the Dirtbags?
The Dirtbags have given me friendships that will last a life time, nothing is better than going to battle with guys you know will have your back.
Best memory of playing with the Dirtbags?
My best memory is pitching in the Wilson Premiere tournament in Florida and competing against the best talent in the country.
Going to give you some Dirtbag names below, tell me what comes to mind when you hear them:
AJ Wilson (2019, ECU LHP Commit) is a freak. His work ethic and pure talent is unmatched.
Nick Clayton (2019, Clemson RHP Commit) is a guy that everyone can learn from, and has nasty stuff.
Cody Benton (2019, ECU RHP Commit) is a worker, his raw talent and pitch ability makes him fun to watch and be around.
Peyton Idol (2019, Appalachian State INF Commit) is knowledgeable of the game and skill set is always reassuring to have when you’re pitching.
Cole Benton (2019 LHP Uncommitted) is just like his brother, a worker. His work ethic is something that his teammates can feed off of.
Brent Haynes (Player Development) is the guy that was a big help to me over the years with the Dirtbags. He helped me learn the mental side of pitching and the importance of locating my pitches.
Andy Partin (Owner) is the man. He represents the work ethic that every player should pursue and the attitude that every player should have on and off the field.
Trey Daly (General Manager) is a worker, one of the most straight forward and constructive guys out there. He’ll put in the work for you if you put in the work for the organization.
Heading to Longwood in 2019, what made you choose the Lancers?
My decision to choose Longwood was an easy one because of the familiarity of the program due to my brother, and the competitive nature that the team possesses. The school felt like home when I went on campus and the education programs interest me.
Stay tuned for another “Under The Gun” interview coming up on Monday…