Ryan Lasneske, a 2010 Leavenworth alum, has had quite the year both on and off the baseball diamond at Baker University. The soon-to-be senior was one of two juniors to receive the 2013 Business Departmental Scholarship, was an NAIA Scholar Athlete and made the Dean's List both semesters.
On the field, the starting pitcher collected six complete games for Baker. He is currently playing summer baseball with the Milgram Mustangs in the Ban Johnson League, where he has tossed five complete games, possess an 1.02 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 34 innings.
Lasneske is also currently working as an intern with the Kansas City T-Bones.
Since your Pioneer days, you've had quite a successful run at Baker. What do you believe was the key to your pitching success?
I think after my surgery my freshman year I gained an even greater respect for the game, and to make the most of my opportunity for as long as I could.
My work ethic increased off the field, understanding my strengths and weaknesses on the mound, and becoming a better student of the game have all been keys to the success I’ve had over the past few years.
What was the biggest difference playing college ball compared to high school? Was it difficult being a full-time student-athlete?
The biggest difference at the next level is just the speed of the game. Everyone that plays college baseball was the best on their high school team.
The athleticism that you may find in one or two guys from a high school team, is all over the field during a college game.
Being a student-athlete has been tough. Baker is a great academic school and the classroom comes first. Just learning how to balance everything, set priorities has been the key to being successful in the classroom.
For inspiring collegiate athletes, what tips can you give them to help in their pursuits?
Keep your grades up! Academic scholarships are huge for athletes that want to play at the next level.
Work hard on your skills of your specific sport, and also be diligent in the weight room.
For baseball players specifically, speed, flexibility and agility is huge for our sport. Sport specific lifts will give you bigger gains rather than just lifting for size.
For all positions long toss is a must to be able to perform at a high level; coaches and scouts always look for strong arms.
Besides school and playing ball, you are also interning with the T-Bones. What has that entailed so far? Are you enjoying it?
Being an intern at the T-Bones, I have been working with individual and group ticket sales. I also help with pre-game set-up for our groups that come out to the park.
Page 2 of 2 - I have really enjoyed it so far, it has been a great experience. I have made great friends and will have some great connections when I start looking to the future and start a career.
Lastly, what do you hope the future holds? Do you have any goals or aspirations?
The dream has always been to get drafted. I feel like if I put in the work and if the right person sees me, I can accomplish this. If not, I plan on going to graduate school either at Baker University or at Texas A&M University; getting a masters in either sports management or business.
After that I want to start a career in the sports industry, preferably baseball where I can work my up in an organization.
My dream job has always been to be a general manager of an MLB team.