Sam Griesbauer has big plans. The Falmouth High senior will be heading to a big-time college to play big-time college baseball next year.
A hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, Griesbauer has been turning heads locally for some time, and began to see them swivel on a national level in recent years. He caught the attention of North Carolina State and will be competing in the ACC in the years to come.
Once his high school season is over, the next time that Sam Griesbauer pitches at Fuller Field it will likely be in a Cape Cod Baseball League uniform. For most kids that is the dream, and for Sam it could be a reality if things break the right way.
Sam is the son of Kara Foley and Jeff and Beth Griesbauer. He has one sibling, Maci, who is also a very good ballplayer for the FHS softball team. In school his favorite subject has been science, and his most-prized possession is his sports card collection.
“Outer Banks” is his favorite TV show, and some Buffalo wings with bleu cheese is his go-to meal.
How did you get involved with baseball? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old. I went through Little League playing on Kenyon’s and really fell in love with the game then. I was always a hitter and eventually got into pitching when I was about 10-11 years old and found a love for that especially. Baseball is quite literally my life, and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after last year’s spring sports were canceled.
I always knew deep down the season was going to happen. After playing all summer long I didn’t see how we wouldn’t be able to play. My junior year was a real bummer. After having a very successful sophomore year, I knew with hard work I could continue to take it up a notch every year. With the cancellation of the season came time to make a decision to just get back to work and get better every day. Being able to play one last season really meant the world to me, and I will not take any minute for granted.
You were supposed to be the top pitcher for the Clippers this year, but an injury is preventing you from being on the hill. How did you get injured? When can you start throwing again?
Being able to pitch for Falmouth would have been amazing, and I would love to help my team in that aspect. My injury came in a traumatic way, not from throwing. I plan on being able to begin pitching off a mound soon, and be 100-percent healthy around November of my freshman year of college.
Without pitching, you’ve been the team’s designated hitter. How does this affect how you approach the game? Are you still enjoying it?
Being the DH for Falmouth hasn’t changed my approach to the game much. I still always go out and plan on helping the team as much as possible to get a win. In the offseason, being hurt, I took it upon myself to become the best hitter possible to help the team and to have some fun in the spring. When I became a pitcher only, when I was 16, I stopped hitting. So getting back into was tough at first, but I feel as though I’m finding my rhythm again.
How excited are you about getting to play in a state tournament this year, as long as the Clippers qualify? What do you think the team can do?
I’ve very excited to go out and compete with these guys one last time. The entire team is full of hardworking and eager kids just having fun with it. Not one player on the team is ever willing to give up, and that’s why I have the utmost confidence in Falmouth having a good run in the tournament.
You have been through an interesting recruiting process for college. Can you explain how it broke down?
I began getting recruited my freshman year. Talks with coaches from various D1 schools all the way to my sophomore summer, when I made my decision to commit to NC State. It was an easy decision because playing at the highest level of college baseball is a dream for me. I was blessed enough to have offers from other amazing programs, but with my relationship with the pitching coach at NC State, Clint Chrysler, it was a no-brainer.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think a scouting report would break down my fastball as my best pitch. I’m usually around 90-92 with my 4 seam and 2 seam, and can get good run on my 2 seam to keep hitters guessing. I also throw a slider, and change-up, that have made my pitching arsenal great.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
It would have to be the state tournament semifinals when I was a freshman. Hands down the best team I’ve ever played on, with Coach Tom Kelliher as the coach. That team was all-in, no matter what, and we just came out on the wrong side. Nine out of 10 times we’re winning that game and moving onto the state championship.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
When I played in the Area Code games going into my junior year. I played in California with some of the best players I’ve ever met and am still good friends with most of them. It was a great opportunity for me to get in front of lots of pro scouts and compete at a high level. It was an experience I will never forget.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
I’d have to say Sam Cavossa. He and I have been playing together since we were 10 years old and to be playing in our senior year together, as captains, is special. He’s the most genuine and hardworking player I’ve ever met. His attitude toward the game makes him stand out as well as how talented he is.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
When the team is winning, I don’t wash my uniform. If the team loses, then I wash that loss out and come out fresh for the next one.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The biggest thing sports have taught me is that nothing in life is handed to you. You either want it or you don’t. If you want it, you need to get out there and work harder than everyone else that is trying to take your place.
Was there anything that you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
During quarantine before I was hurt I really focused on getting my velocity on my fastball up. Going through daily workouts, I was able to do that and I was proud of how I pitched over the summer.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
My family has always been there and have been my biggest support system through it all. Jared Evans, my summer coach, got me in touch with all the colleges and he was a big part in helping me achieve my dreams.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
I’d have to say Compton, California. I went there to play baseball during the Area Code games and the West Coast is a much different place. I enjoyed the atmosphere and most importantly the In-And-Out Burger, 10 out of 10
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
I’d have to say my mindset. As I’ve gone through the game I’ve developed a mindset that “it takes what it takes”: you either do it or you don’t. You need to make the right choices in order to reach your goals and if your dreams mean the world to you, then get out there and work hard to achieve them.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I’m a big Sports Card collector. I’ve been collecting cards since 2015 and it’s a hobby I really enjoy.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
In all honesty I really wouldn’t want to be anyone but me. But if it had to be anyone, I’d have to say Jayson Tatum. He’s an all-star in the NBA and I feel like that would be a cool life to live.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
Sunny and 75 on a baseball field with my team. I’m lucky enough to have those types of days quite often.
What are your post high school plans?
I’m going to play baseball at NC State.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
It’s my dream to play professional baseball. I believe in my work ethic and abilities that I can make it happen. In a perfect world I’d love to play baseball for as long as possible.