Robert Gundran
ASU Student Journalist

Hauver is first-class person on, off the field

May 2, 2017 by Robert Gundran, Arizona State University

Trevor Hauver, Perry High School's shortstop, is ranked as one of the top prospects in Arizona.

His work ethic and raw talent landed him offers from a plethora of schools, including Grand Canyon University, Oregon, the University of Arizona and Utah. Hauver ultimately decided that Arizona State University is the right school and verbally committed to the Sun Devils in June 2016.

“The campus is incredible,” he said. “The field is insane. Everything is amazing over there.”

Not only has he drawn the attention of college programs, he’s captured the eyes of several professional scouts.

“I’ve talked to 26 or 27 professional teams,” Hauver said. “I went to California and had a workout with the Philadelphia Phillies. I just had one with the Kansas City Royals.”

When asked which professional player he most resembles, both Hauver and Perry’s coach, Damien Tippett, looked at Hauver’s swing to get the answer.

“Josh Donaldson,” Hauver said. “He has a leg kick. I actually started my leg kick when I was 11 or 12, and I’ve been working on that since I was very young.”

As the high school season winds down and with the Major League Baseball draft just around the corner, high school seniors around the nation are preparing for their next baseball step. 

Hauver believes his chances of getting drafted in June is strong but isn’t looking too far ahead. That's because his high school team is in the playoffs.     

“Definitely want to win a state championship and hopefully bring Perry its first state championship,” Hauver said. “Hopefully, I can break all the records here, too.”

Tippett has known Hauver his entire high school baseball career and believes he is absolutely ready for the next level.

“He puts in the work,” Tippett said. “He watches what he eats and takes care of himself.”

Hauver has been a member of the Perry varsity baseball team since his sophomore year.

Since then, he has led by example and is the embodiment of first to arrive, last to leave.

Just ask Emery Miller, Perry's starting first baseman, who has been playing baseball alongside Hauver for nine years. 

“He’s the first guy to pick up a teammate having a tough time,” said Miller in a Twitter message. “Trevor is the type of teammate every team dreams of having. I am blessed to have him on my team.”

Hauver doesn’t only prop up his teammates on the field, he helps them off the field as well. Miller runs a nonprofit organization called Team Emery, which collects stuffed bears and delivers them to children in hospitals throughout the country.

“Every Christmas, for the past seven years, Trevor has donated teddy bears and hand delivered them to sick kids at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” Miller said. “Trev easily interacts with the kids, making their rough holiday season just a touch more enjoyable.”

Seems like ASU or a pro team will get a first-class player and human being.