By Austin Bishop
Raw talent was never a real problem for Brooks Warren on the baseball diamond. By his own admission, a proper attitude was.
“I didn’t have respect for other people and had bad behavioral problems before I came to French Camp,” Warren said. “The people here took the time and effort to work with me and teach me how to behave. It has made a tremendous difference in my life.”
Such a difference, in fact, that Warren was able to cash in on those talents last week as he signed a baseball scholarship with East Central Community College.
“It made a huge difference,” Warren said when asked what impact FCA had on his ability to land a scholarship. “I believe I had the talents to play, but I wouldn’t have had the character I needed to succeed. I would have taken everything for granted and blown it.”
Warren was a strong hitter for coach Nathan Wright’s FCA baseball team last season, but will be counted on as a left-handed pitcher for the Warriors of East Central next year.
Warren has been clocked in the low 80s on his fastball and says the thing he loves the most about pitching is the pressure of it all.
“It all starts with the pitcher,” he said. “It all depends on you.”
He says his two-seam fastball, which tails away a little at the end, is currently his best pitch. Warren wasn’t sure what role he would have on the ECCC pitching staff last year, but said the possibility of being a starter will be explored. He also could come in out of the bullpen to face left0handers in key situations.
Warren, who has been playing baseball since he was 4-years-old said he really liked the East Central campus in Decatur and ECCC coach Neil Holliman.
“I just liked the atmosphere and the coaches are well-respected,” he said. “It just seemed right for me.”