Thursday, October 30, 2008
2009 Recruit: Blake Brown
Blake Brown, OF/P; Bloomington, IL (Normal West HS); R/R, 6'1", 190 lb
2008: .440 Avg, 51 RBI, 11 HR, 16 2B, 42 R, 11 SB, 6 K
Scouting Report from Impact Prospects.com:
An ’09 outfielder with good speed (7.06 60yd) he covered a lot of ground. Showed a good strong throwing arm from the deep outfield. On the mound he peaked at 84 MPH. We feel he will reach the high 80’s as he matures physically. Has good solid fundamentals and good command of the strike zone. An excellent student (4.13 GPA). Blake will be a good prospect to follow.
Normal West senior OF Blake Brown orally commits to Mizzou
Normal West High School baseball coach Chris Hawkins says Blake Brown “hasn’t always been considered the best player in his class.”
Yet Brown’s work both in the weight room and on the baseball diamond has led to the Wildcats’ senior outfielder accepting a scholarship offer from Missouri. He will sign a national letter of intent in November.
“The coaching staff was great and the campus is amazing,” Brown said. “The facilities are outstanding and the players I met there are really friendly. I felt at home.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Brown set a school record and led The Pantagraph area with 11 home runs as a junior. He also batted .440 with 51 RBIs, the second-highest total in the area.
“He threw 89 mph from the outfield last spring,” Hawkins said. “He’s got extraordinary power and he’s as fast as anybody we have. He’s a five-tool player, but he’s still working on his fifth tool, defense.”
Brown said he also strongly considered Illinois State and received interest from Iowa, Michigan and Alabama-Birmingham.
Missouri had a 39-21 record last season and made its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
PrepBaseballReport confirms Brown's oral commitment and provides a short scouting report