Gomer, Reeder Pick Purple Aces

By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

Prep Baseball Report Kansas has officially entered the 24-hour news cycle as we woke to an early Saturday morning text message confirming that two Kansas high school baseball players had just verbally committed to play Division I baseball.

Shawnee Mission Northwest seniors RHP Brandon Gomer and OF Nathan Reeder have announced their commitment to the University of Evansville, the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference regular season champions.  The pair made official visits to Evansville on Friday.

Gomer is a loose-armed, projectable 6-foot-4, 175-pound right-hander who has been on college coaches radar since last fall. Because of his frame and easy arm he'd always been an intriguing prospect but had yet to show the upper 80's fastball velocity that college coaches were looking for. Two weekends ago at the Midwest Fall Classic in Topeka that changed as he toed it up for two innings and sat 86-89 mph, attacking the strike zone and needing just 15 pitches to record six outs against a talented KC Bullets squad.

Reeder is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound left-handed hitter who put together a strong junior campaign that netted him 6A All-State and All-Sunflower League honors. Serving as Northwest's lead-off hitter for most of the spring Reeder showed a knack for reaching base as evidenced by his .500+ on base percentage while facing some of the top arms in Kansas in the Sunflower League.

Both prospects play in the off-season for the Midwest Black Sox organization out of Overland Park, Kansas.

With the Reeder and Gomer announcements today Kansas now has 18 Division I commitments in the class of 2015, that's up from 15 in the 2014 class with more to come.

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