Matt Mervis is a current freshman pitcher/infielder for the Duke University baseball team, having already appeared in 13 games this season. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 2016 MLB draft. Matt shares his thoughts on how his desire to be at his absolute best allows him to be successful.
I think what has helped me be successful up to this point in my career is my sense of perfectionism. I’ve always held myself to very high standards and my hatred towards failure has fueled me to work hard. Also, my desire to be perfect does not allow for complacency or cockiness to creep into my mind because there’s always a way I can improve. While others trash talk or play with style, I tend to keep to myself and try to simply play baseball. That’s not to say I won’t try to make spectacular plays or show emotion, but I try to keep my emotions centered and not get too high or too low. Similar to many other college athletes, I was always the biggest player on my teams growing up, so people looked to me as a leader, a role that took me a little time to grow into. Once I embraced my leadership, it helped me learn to balance my emotions, as a leader’s body language often determines the collective feeling of a team. Overall, I think my success has mostly come from my internal drive to be perfect, or as close to it as possible, and the expectation of others to lead and take charge from a young age.