Oak Ridge HS (Oak Ridge, MO)
6'2", 190 lb, R/R
• Pitching: 7-2, 0.59 ERA, 59-1/3 IP, 92 K, 25 BB2009 Stats:
• Offense: .547 Avg, 1.147 SLG%, 40 RBI, 12 HR, 5 K
• Pitching: 4-1, 1.91 ERA■ 2010 MHSBCA All-State Class 1 Baseball Team, 1st team
• Offense: .411 Avg, 19 RBI, 5 HR
■ 2009 MSHBCA All-State Class 1 Baseball Team, honorable mention
■ 2010 Missouri Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Class 1 first team
■ 2010 All SoutheastMissorian Baseball Team, 1st team, co-player of the year
■ Southest Missouri co-player of the year: Oak Ridge's Brett Thomas (SEMissourian.com)
Thomas, the co-Southeast Missourian player of the year, pitched four shutout innings June 25 in front of the Missouri coaching staff. All four of his pitches -- fastball, cutter, curveball and changeup -- were effective and his velocity reached 88 mph.
He was offered a spot on the Missouri roster by coach Tim Jamieson and pitching coach Tony Vitello the next day. And Friday, just nine days after becoming an eligible recruit, Thomas verbally committed to the Tigers.
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"Definitely this winter I changed a lot with my mechanics -- just where I release the ball, leg kick, everything," he said. "I had no torque from my hips, that was a big thing.
"I could always throw, but they said I wasn't as good as I should be, basically. Talent got me far enough but to make that next step to become really good, you've got to make adjustments. You can't just ride that forever."
He's hoping to take a few more steps at Missouri a year from now.
"They give you every resource possible to make yourself as good as possible and reach your potential, so I couldn't use that as an excuse if I didn't pitch well at any other college," Thomas said. "Basically [Vitello] just wants me to come in and work hard, and he thinks I have good potential. If I do that, I'll be fine."
■ Several photos of Brett Thomas at semoball.com