Danyale Brimer of Lovejoy compiled a 4-2 with a 2.85 ERA as the Wildcats fail just shy of making the Class AAAAAA playoffs. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
Vitals: He was the top pitcher in the county with a 4-2 record and a 2.85 ERA against mostly Class AAAAAA competition. He was three-year starter for the Wildcats, who made the playoff during both his sophomore and junior seasons. He had 46 strikeouts in 50 innings of work.
Why Brimer: He made remarkable improvement between the latter part of his junior season, which carried over into a MVP-type senior season. Brimer had one of the lowest ERAs of any of the county pitchers.
Others considered: Luis DeJesus of Lovejoy.
What was the highlight for you this season?: “For me, the highlight came when I pitched a one-hitter against Druid Hills and Alcovy in region games this season. I really had a lot of help from my teammates in those games. I was really confident if I got the ball across the plate, my teammates behind me would make the plays. We had two double plays that game, which showed the skills of my teammates.”
How did you improve this season?: “I was able to get my first pitch over as a strike this season. It was really helpful in building my confidence that allowed me to relax and just pitch. Having confidence that your teammates would make plays also helped. There was a lot of improvement in my fastball and curveball. I had confidence in throwing either pitch at any time in an inning. I spent the offseason working on both pitches with my coach.”
What was your biggest challenge?: “It was really important for me to get that first pitch over with a strike. It allowed me to work around the batter. I knew I had a good defense behind me.”
What’s next: Brimer will attend Iowa Area Community College next school year to play baseball.
Coach Craig Chatman on Brimer’s season: “He had a lot of consistency this season. You could see it starting to build in the latter part of his junior year. He did a lot of work in the offseason to improve his fastball and curveball. He threw a lot more strikes this season. He really worked on his mechanics. When he was on, he was really a dominate pitcher in our region.”
Chatman on Brimer’s career: “I would say he had a very successful career at Lovejoy. D.J. put a lot of time in the offseason to work himself in a good pitcher. He was also a very productive player at the plate for us. I would say that he got better each season on the high school level. I look for those improvements to continue as he plays on the college level. He really became a productive and reliable better.”
Favorite TV show: Martin
Favorite movie: The Sandlot
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite place to spend time: With my grandmother
Most listened to song in iPod: Hannah Montana by the Migos