The Boston Red Sox selected second baseman Brett Netzer with the No. 101 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. While most fans may not know much about Netzer, it was a pick that could pay off in a big way for the Red Sox down the road.
Netzer may not be a hyped up prospect in the Red Sox’ organization, but he is one of the most solid all-around players from the 2017 draft. He is a top-notch gap-to-gap hitter, although his power will need some work moving forward. In addition to his ability to put the ball in play, Netzer also has excellent judgement of the strike zone at the plate.
During the 48 total games that Netzer was able to play with the Red Sox’ organization last season, he finished with a .286 batting average to go along with no home runs and 27 RBI’s. There is no question that he showed potential at the plate and his defense has always been solid as well.
As is the case with every single 2017 pick, there is very little known about how the transition to professional baseball will go. That being said, Netzer is mature and has a great work ethic. He doesn’t ooze star power, but he certainly has the feel of a player that will move up in the Boston farm system and has the potential to become a solid all-around major leaguer at some point in the future.
Evan Massey of Lifestyle Sports 101 had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with Netzer. If you haven’t taken notice of him just yet, now is the right time to find out more about him and what he brings to the diamond.
First up, we wanted to find out how life in the Red Sox organization has been like for Netzer so far.
“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s exciting getting the opportunity to play for an organization that you grew up watching and being a fan of.”
Netzer went on to talk about what he brings to the field and what fans should expect to see from him.
“I think I’ve had success in the past because of consistency. I do my best to give my best effort every day because I know that your window of opportunity goes by fast in professional sports. I’ve never been the most toolsy player but I take pride in trying to maximize the tools that I do have.”
Off the field, Netzer talked about what he enjoys doing and what you’ll see him doing in the offseason.
“I’m somebody that loves to stay busy. I love hanging out with family and friends, really anything outdoors, and reading/studying my Bible.”
Netzer opened up a bit more about his faith and how it helps him both on and off the field.
“I always tell people that it’s about a relationship with Jesus Christ rather than religion. James 2:17 is one of my favorite verses because it talks about how people should see a difference in your life based on your actions, not hollow words. I really believe that you can tell what somebody believes by watching how they live, not by what they say. My faith really goes hand in hand with my mindset. With baseball being a game of failure my faith in God is huge for me. Being able to have a clear mind and not let the negativity and loud noise of the world bother you is such a key factor in having success in baseball.”
He then talked about his goals for the 2018 season and answered the question with an extremely humble answer.
“I wouldn’t be where I’m at without the support of my family and friends or without my faith in God. I do have personal goals but I love to keep things simple and just try to maximize every day and see what happens.”
At this point in his career, Netzer opened up on what he thinks some of his biggest strengths and weaknesses are.
“I think this upcoming year will really be a test for me, which will be my first full season in pro-ball. I’m just really focused right now on training, getting stronger, and having as little holes in my game as possible for this upcoming year.”
Next up, we talked about who Brett’s favorite team was growing up and who his favorite player was.
“I grew up in Maryland so naturally I grew up an Orioles fan. My favorite player was always Brian Roberts because we have similar games. My uncle works in sales for the Red Sox though, so growing up me and my dad would always take trips to Fenway a few times a year and watch the Sox. So I kind of grew up a fan of both teams.”
Brett has some advice for all the young players out there with dreams of playing professional baseball.
“I would tell them to keep on playing as long as they can and when you’re done make sure nobody worked harder behind the scenes or out hustled you so that you don’t have any regrets when it’s all said and done!”
In closing, Brett sent out a quick message to finish out the interview.
“Life is bigger than just making yourself happy. Go put a smile on someone else’s face today. I love my family, friends, and fans and without their support I couldn’t imagine being where I am today! Thanks Evan I appreciate you!!”
We hope that you have enjoyed this interview and will follow Brett moving forward. Make sure to follow him on Twitter at @BrettNetzer. Also, please give Evan Massey and Lifestyle Sports 101 a follow on Twitter at @massey_evan and @LSports101 respectively.