By Daniel Dullum
Just two years ago, Ian McIntyre was celebrating a state baseball championship with his Apache Junction teammates. Now, he’s learning about baseball at the junior college level, playing at San Diego City College.
“It’s been good,” McIntyre, a 2017 AJHS graduate, said. “I think it’s been an eye-opening experience to see what I need to do to get to the next level, dealing with the ups and downs.
“There’s been a few more downs than I would have liked, but I still see a lot of upside and I still enjoy the game – the journey of it.”
As a freshman at San Diego CC, McIntyre hit .204 with two home runs, eight runs batted in and scored seven runs in 23 games. He also had a .283 on-base percentage, but struck out 19 times in 60 plate appearances.
“For the situation and the amount of at-bats, it was all right,” McIntyre said. “The average is definitely low. I’m working on the progression of hitting for power and dealing with what, in turn, in an increase in strikeouts.”
McIntyre said he’s looking at possibly springboarding from SDCC to a four-year program, like his brother Aiden, who went from San Diego to Holy Names in Oakland to being an A’s draft selectin.
“Nothing is tied down as far as schools and as far as that goes,” McIntyre said, adding that he’s playing summer baseball in Arizona. “I’m just trying to show the tools that I have, get some interest, and open up those possibilities.”
As a Prospector, McIntyre was an all-4A Black Canyon Region second baseman as a senior, hitting four home runs, driving in a team-leading 42 runs, hitting .357 while compiling a .583 slugging percentage. He was also a first-team all-Division II and all-D-II Section 5 selection as a junior.
“As you progress, you’re going to face tougher competition,” McIntyre said. “In the conference I played in, we had two draft picks. That’s still a lot of talent in that league.”
McIntyre said that as far as areas to improve, he’s trying to “even out” his game.
“Just getting more consistent with what I know I can do as far as my hitting and the power that comes along with that,” he said. “Eventually, decreasing the strikeouts and evening it out and that can bring things up.”