Hello, my name is Bret Brownlee. I am currently a Junior in high school, standing 5’ 11” and weighing 155 pounds. I have been playing baseball since I was four years old. Early on I was playing with the “big boys”. Because my brother is nineteen months older than I am and our birthdays fell just right, we were able to play on the same team for three summers when we were in grade school. This experience challenged me and I loved it. My parents allowed me to play up because they saw a natural ability in me at an early age and a never-quit work ethic.
I have mainly played the position of catcher beginning when I was ten. Being a part of every play is one thing I love about the position. I also thrive on the physical challenge of the position (blocking, throwing runners out, and calling pitches). When I wasn’t catching, I spent some time at 3rd base and shortstop, but catching is my favorite. I began working in the off season (2017) with Tyler Baker, who caught at Wichita State and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tyler has been instrumental in helping me truly learn the position. I continue to work with Tyler to improve my skills each winter. I am also part of a weightlifting group, which works out three times a week.
As a homeschool student, I was invited to play for Veritas Christian School in Lawrence, KS my freshman year. Although I have spent most of my time behind the plate, the coaches at Veritas used me as a utility player filling in for whoever was pitching. I started every game but one and I played every position. At times this was more of a challenge than others, but being allowed to do this helped grow me as a player. I found I picked up the first base position easily in part because of all the picking I do behind the plate.
Ultimately my goal is to play college baseball. I am looking for an experienced coaching staff who can help me grow in all aspects as a player. I am looking for a school with a business degree preferably in the Midwest. I am open to any size school. I will be visiting different colleges and participating in the camps that work into our family schedule.
Thank you for your time. Good luck this next baseball year!