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Grand Forks Red River's Gunnar Heuchert commits to play baseball at Minnesota

Heuchert is projected as a shortstop for the Gophers.

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Royals infielder Gunnar Heuchert throws for the double-play at first base after tagging out Minot Vistas runner Braedon McCarty (2) at second during a home doubleheader on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Red River's Gunnar Heuchert still has two years of high school baseball left to play, but he's already picked out his college destination.

Heuchert, a 6-foot junior shortstop, has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota to play college baseball after receiving a scholarship offer following a Gophers prospect camp.

"There's a lot that went into it," Heuchert said. "Minnesota has a beautiful campus. Minnesota has a great coaching staff with Coach Anderson and Coach Casey. Coach (John) Anderson is extremely knowledgeable and been around the game a long time, and I really respect that. I also understand I can't play baseball forever and Minnesota has a great business program in Carlson. It's a school that really fits me."

Heuchert, who also plays for the Grand Forks Royals American Legion program, said his recruiting took off after getting involved in Prep Baseball Report, which organizes showcases and publicizes recruits.

Last summer, Heuchert attended a four-day showcase in Atlanta, then went to the Gophers' camp, where he was offered a couple of days later.


"Rob Allison and Prep Baseball Report gave me a really great opportunity," Heuchert said.

During his Georgia event, Heuchert was clocked throwing across the diamond at 86 miles per hour.

Heuchert said scouts noted his attention to detail.

"When I went to Georgia, everyone has talent so the separator for me was hustling on and off and the way you go about your business," Heuchert said.

Heuchert also played quarterback for the Roughriders this fall and plays on the school's basketball team.

"Playing Division I baseball has always been a goal of mine and something I've worked hard for," Heuchert said. "When I got an offer from the Gophers to play Power 5 baseball, it was satisfying to know the hard work paid off, doing things right and correctly."

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