Mark Trevino looks to lead young Miners
Park City senior Mark Trevino is going to have a hard time topping his 2012 season.
Last year, in a game against Union, the pitcher hurled a perfect game, becoming only the 10th high school player in Utah history to accomplish the feat.
"That was the craziest thing I’ve ever done," he said. "That day my stuff was good and my teammates made all the plays behind me."
This year, Trevino will focus on improving his leadership role, helping to lead a very young Miners team to success.
Trevino said his experience will be an asset to the younger players on the team.
"I know how the program works and how it’s supposed to go," he said. "I think I’ve been able to help the younger guys understand the system. They can ask me questions, even after practice."
With several colleges showing interest in the right-handed pitcher, Trevino said he’s not stressed out about securing a future for himself.
"I have places I can go for college, so I’m not playing for college anymore," he said. "I’m just playing for my team and my city. I want to put my team in the best position to win a state championship."
Though he knows he won’t throw a perfect game every time he takes the mound, he said he tries to be as perfect as possible.
"I try and limit the damage," he said. "The first pitch of an inning, I have a clean slate. If I give up a hit, then let’s limit it to just one hit. That’s part of being a leader stopping the bleeding in big spots."
He credits his PCHS coaches, particularly head coach Lou Green (a former minor league pitcher) and pitching coach Mike Morgan, who spent more than 20 years as a Major League pitcher, with keeping him focused.
"Coach Green has got that bulldog mentality; he won’t let you not compete," he said. "And Coach Morgan has seen some of the best players ever, so I can really pick his brain about what he’d do in certain situations."
After getting by with two types of fastball and a curveball this year, Trevino is working with his coaches on developing a slider. He said it’s still a work in progress, but it’s a nice pitch to have in his arsenal.
"I haven’t really used it much, but as the season goes along and as it warms up, it will get better and better," he said.
Though Trevino has the mindset of a power pitcher, he said his pitches give him the skill set of a guy like Greg Maddux, who won four Cy Young awards and had 355 victories in his 20+-year career.
"I like to pretend that I’m like Nolan Ryan, but I only throw 80 (miles per hour). He threw 100," he said. "I’m not a big strikeout guy; I won’t have 16 strikeouts a game. I just try to miss the barrel of the bat and trust my teammates behind me."
Trevino and his teammates will continue working on their defense and pitching this month, with the goal of being the best-prepared team when Region 10 play starts on April 2.
After playing at Tooele on Tuesday (after this issue went to press), the Miners will be back in action at the Hurricane Classic in St. George this weekend. They’ll play games against teams like Morgan, Pine View and Northridge, among others.
Get to know Mark
Favorite class: AP Calculus
Favorite food: Mama’s cookin’ (Mexican food)
Favorite singer: Drake
Favorite movie: "Superbad" and "The Sandlot"
Favorite sports team: Texas Rangers
Favorite sport (other than baseball) to watch/play: Basketball
Favorite sports moment: Throwing a perfect game (against Union in 2012)
Dream job: Major League general manager
Hobbies (other than sports): Hanging out with friends, music, church
The Youth Sports Alliance will host a team scramble golf tournament on June 3 at Victory Ranch in hopes of raising funds for its scholarships and youth programs.