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Breazeale signs with Bryan College

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By Goose Lindsay

 

If your last name is Breazeale and you play baseball at Rockwood High School, there’s a good chance you’re going to play college baseball in Dayton at Bryan College.

Last week, Rockwood senior Jordan Breazeale became the latest member of the Breazeale clan to sign with the Lions. Breazeale’s cousin Zach signed with Bryan College in 2008 while Breazeale’s older brother Jared signed with the Lions last season.

“I really can’t explain how excited I am,” Jordan Breazeale said after making it official. “Every time I’ve been there I’ve liked it. Jared and Zach have gone there and there’s just something about Bryan that feels like home to me.”

“I’m happy for Jordan,” Tiger head coach Jake Witter added. “He’s getting the opportunity to get an education and continue playing the game he loves.”

While Breazeale knows who he will be playing for, he has no idea what position he will play. At Rockwood, Breazeale has played all but two positions and he thinks that versatility will help with playing time at the next level.”

“I’ve played outfield, second base, third base, first base and pitched,” Breazeale said. “They didn’t come out and say where I was going to play. The outfield feels more natural to me, but being able to play multiple positions will give me more of an opportunity to play.”

“Jordan’s a good athlete and he’s very versatile,” Witter added. “He hard-working and does a lot of good things in the field.”

Breazeale’s approach at the plate is similar to his approach in the field in that he uses the whole field and doesn’t concentrate on pulling the ball down the line and out of the park.

“I don’t hit a lot of home runs, but I get on base a lot,” Breazeale said. “I draw a lot of walks and I get a lot of base hits.”

“He’s got a great approach at the plate,” Witter added. “He doesn’t try to do too much and he hits the ball well to all fields.”

Breazeale’s work ethic and knowledge of the game will be needed when he makes the jump to college.

“There’s going to be a big adjustment to college pitching from playing class A ball in high school,” Witter said. “He’s also going to have to get stronger and quicker, but he’ll get it done.”

“The pitching will be a lot tougher,” Breazeale added. “I’ll have to hit more breaking balls and not just sit on something straight like I do now. I’ll also have to get used to the speed of the game.”

One thing that will give Breazeale an edge over most freshmen next year is his brother Jared, who is currently a freshman pitcher for the Lions.

“He’s really close with his brother and I think he’s looking for to playing with him again,” Witter said. “Jared being there will help him.”

“It’s going to help me a lot,” Breazeale said of his brother. “He’ll be able to help with classes and show me what to do.”