Getting to know Royals prospect Brandon Sisk
Brandon tell us about your career as a baseball player as a little kid? (Favorite memories, if you played against anyone else that is in the pros, what position you played, and when did you realize you might have what it takes to get to play in college)
Well I never played baseball when I was little…. It wasn’t that I didn’t like baseball it was more because I was more into basketball at the time. I didn’t start playing baseball til I was in 7th grade. From what I remember though I don’t think anybody I played against turned pro. When I started¬†I played firstbase. It wasn’t til 9th grade that I really took on pitching regularly and knew that I wanted to play collegiately but I knew it would be hard for me since I played at a small school (Elkhart High school – 2AA)
You played at Azusa Pacific University…I visited the campus and bought a t-shirt at their gift store that I wore under my uniform my senior season but I went to California Baptist College (a rival of Azusa Pacific) instead. I am sure you wanted to know this info but here is the question…. If I faced you in college how would you have pitched me and what would have been the result?
Good ole Cal Baptist…I’m sorry haha…just kidding. Well my philosophy hasn’t changed much since then. I still would be very aggressive with my fastball then rely on my changeup when needed. But in the end my fastball is my key pitch. Its hard for to say the result I guess we will never know. haha
Brandon I will be down to NWA this season and I imagine that you and I will get that opportunity…cages, under the stadium…HIGH NOON! (who am I kidding)
How did you end up at Azusa Pacific?
Well when I was in high school I got into the Baseball Factory which is a collegiate placement organization. We where out in Ontario, Ca training to go to Paris, France to place some national teams in a tournament. Well one of the days they had a Collegiate scouting day and I was playing firstbase then came into pitch when the recruitment coach and head coach saw me and the rest is history.
How important is it to you to become the best player in Kansas City sports history from Azusa Pacific? (tough task with the Nigerian Nightmare Christian Okoye coming from there)
Well I think every collegiate athlete that signs with a pro team wants to be the best and represent there former college with pride. I mean I will do the best that God allows me to be but there will never be another Nigerian Nightmare. Its gonna be a tough task…haha.
Your professional baseball experience is quite interesting. Talk to us about taking time away from baseball and than catching on with an independent league team in the Continental Baseball League?
Well I got hurt my junior year and certain things just didn’t work out so didn’t go back for my senior year. So I went to work for my cousin in Sacramento doing drywall. One day my dad called me and told me they are starting a new independent league in Texas and if I was interested that he would get me a plane ticket so I could try out. I got selected in the first round and played there for a year and half before getting signed by the Royals.
Tell me about when the Royals called and how that conversation went?
Well it was an overwhelming moment. It was something that I had always dreamed of and it was kind of a shock. We were heading down to Corpus Christi when the Royals called me and welcomed me to the Royals. I don’t know it was really cool.
You have put up some very impressive numbers (6-7 1.76 e.r.a with 182 k’s 52 bb’s in 144 ip) What is the key to your success? Give me a brief scouting report of what you throw with velocity
Really just being aggressive with my fastball. As of right now I throw a fastball ( 88-92), Changeup (75-79), and slider (80-84).
Do you still pinch yourself from time to time?
Of course all the time. Reminds myself to stay on Earth..
Your wife is very important in your life…how different is minor league life for you with a wife?
It’s not that different. I have never been that go out and party type guy so that helps with a lot of things but the biggest thing is the distance. We have been blessed to be able to cope with it and she and I would agree its been hard… This year though she will be with me during the season so thats gonna be great!
Last season you came to Kansas City after winning the award for the top pitcher for Wilmington. Talk about that experience?
It was fantastic! Being able to go and see the kids and spend time with them, be like a big brother to them it was an amazing experience. Then going to the Historic Negro Museum was really a great trip…learning about all the players, there struggles and accomplishments, it was truly amazing. And of course being able to go through the Royals locker room and going out on the field and receive our awards in front of everybody was amazing
You are set to be the closer (more than likely) this season at Northwest Arkansas…what can we expect from you in 2010?
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