Dylan Pearson signs with Goshen to continue baseball career

Mar. 9—Goshen College made the right pitch to Dylan Pearson.

The Logansport senior liked what he heard from the Goshen coaching staff and signed on with the Maple Leafs baseball program earlier this year.

Playing college baseball has long been a goal for Pearson.

"It's something that I've wanted to do. Once I got the offer I was excited to take it," he said. "One big thing that helped with accepting that was the scholarship. I was able to get the max athletic scholarship and that really helped with being able to pay for it, too, along with wanting to having that goal already done."

Pearson has excelled in pitching and hitting for the Berries. His future at Goshen is likely on the pitching mound.

"I signed as a pitcher. After talking to the coach for a little bit, they are going to let me try to hit. But if that doesn't meet their standards than I'll happily be a pitcher," he said. "I think it would be more of a DH for the other pitchers, but I hope I can get some field time."

Pearson was good on the mound for the Berries last year as a junior, going 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA. He led the Berries in innings pitched (61 2/3) and strikeouts (47).

He hit .227 at the plate with three home runs, one triple, three doubles, 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander said he has made big strides in the offseason, in particular in velocity which should pay dividends.

"The goal has always been to get better every offseason," he said. "Going down to this training in Noblesville with PRP it's boosted everything a lot. I went up about 8 mph by just going there for six months. It's helped me get to 90 mph and reach my goal of going to college. With getting better over that offseason, gaining those mph, that really helps with coaches."

Pearson expects to have improved velocity his senior season for the Berries.

"I have a good feeling I can have my fastball sit around 87, 88 in games, maybe touch 90," he said, "with a curveball, slider and splitter along with that in the low 80s."

The Berries are coming off a 22-10 season but they graduated six starters and only return four regular starters, Pearson and fellow seniors Isaac Russell and Cooper Smith and junior Cayden Walker.

"I know we graduated a bunch of seniors last year that were starters," Pearson said. "I'm just hoping that our pitching is able to stay up there as long as our hitting gets everything done for us. I think we'll have a pretty good season because our NCC opponents, they also lost some good seniors.

"Going into these open workouts we've seen people that have been hitting good, we've had people throwing bullpens and it looks like we have a bunch of people that can throw and everybody's been hitting pretty well."

Pearson plans to play first base when not pitching this year. Last year he was a starting center fielder.

"We lost our first baseman to graduation and we have some good outfielders coming up," he said.

Pearson also excels in the classroom, as he has a 4.2 GPA. He plans to major in engineering physics at Goshen.

He's looking forward to competing with the NAIA Maple Leafs in the Crossroads League.

"Those teams in the conference are pretty good," he said. "It's going to be some competition. I'm just looking forward to it and hopefully I can get some starting time."