Arroyo Grande High standout pitcher Kyle Brown said Tuesday he has committed to play for national junior college baseball power College of Southern Nevada.
Brown was named The Tribune County Player of the Year after he posted a 7-3 record with a 1.61 ERA and 90 strikeouts for the Eagles as a senior this season. He signed his national letter of intent in January to play for the Coyotes, but also was weighing a recent 25 percent scholarship offer to play for Cal State Bakersfield.
College of Southern Nevada won the Junior College World Series in 2003, and Bryce Harper chose to play for the program before becoming the No. 1 overall draft choice of the Washington Nationals in 2010.
Brown said he chose the College of Southern Nevada for several reasons, including a cheaper cost with a full-ride athletic scholarship, something California community colleges cannot offer.
Playing at the community college level also offers him the chance to be drafted after his first or second year of college ball. At Cal State Bakersfield, he wouldn’t have been eligible until after his third year.
“My goal is to be drafted,” Brown said. “In Nevada, I think I’ll get a chance to play right away and get a starting spot. I’ll still have to work for it. But I think I’ll get that chance for playing time right away.”
Three Coyotes were drafted by Major League teams this year, including two pitchers. Coaches from the team discovered Brown when he pitched against them in a summer-league game and held them hitless over three innings.
Before he begins his college career, Brown will continue his play for the North County Indians summer collegiate team, which plays a weekend three-game series against the visiting San Mateo Rounders starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Vineyard Athletic Park in Templeton.