Q&A With Evansville Commit Brandon Gomer



By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

Shawnee Mission Northwest HS RHP Brandon Gomer has made great strides over the last several months and college coaches took note. Gomer, along with high school teammate Nathan Reeder, recently announced his commitment to the University of Evansville.

We had a chance to discuss a number of topics with the right-hander last week:

PBR Kansas: Why did you choose Evansville ?

Gomer: I chose Evansville because it has a very young energetic coaching staff that have realistic goals. Evansville is also an up and coming baseball school after winning the MVC Regular season last year. They are also a very small school of less that 3,000 students which gives a very secure family sense on campus. During the tour it just seemed that everything was the perfect fit and I could see my self spending the next four years there.

PBR Kansas: What role does the coaching staff expect you to play during your first year on campus?

Gomer: The coaches did not say what role they expected, other than they expect to use all their pitchers. I will have to go in and compete for a spot whether it be in the starting rotation or out of the bullpen. I will have to earn my time on the mound.

PBR Kansas: What things do you need to improve on before getting to Evansville?

Gomer: I need to continue to get bigger and stronger. I also need to work on becoming more consistent in my delivery.

PBR Kansas: Outside of your family, who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player and why?

Gomer: All of my coaches. They have spent countless hours working with me on pitching, strength and conditioning and many other things. Without them and their constant belief in my potential I would not be where I am today.

PBR Kansas: What were the highlights of your spring season as a team and individually?

Gomer: Biggest highlight of my spring season would have to be going from JV at the start of the season to being in first relief for varsity through most of the season, including the regional game that we played. It just showed me that hard work can pay off throughout the course of one season. As a team, it was very cool to see us work through some tough losses and come back and have an overall good season. We showed very good potential and it was with a young team, so this coming year we should be much improved.

PBR Kansas: Tell us about your experience with the Midwest Black Sox organization and things they have helped you with in your development.

Gomer: I have been with the Black Sox since they began and have loved every season I played with them. The coaches are great and the whole organization is like a big family. We have come together on many occasions to help different families throughout the organization. The older teams travel in the summer and we travel together as a team which really brings us together on and off the field. The coaches are all amazing and turned me into the pitcher I am. Summer after my freshman year they helped me change up my mechanics and drop my arm angle and have worked with me on that for three years. That is now how I pitch and it is what has allowed me to commit to Evansville.

PBR Kansas: What is the best advice you would give other high school players regarding the recruiting process?

Gomer: The best advice I could give would be to be patient with the school you choose. It might take longer than you want, but the right school and the right offer will come around.

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