Brewer says yes to baseball at Vanderbilt
Forrest junior standout Alex Brewer's journey to his ultimate baseball dream became a little clearer when he recently verbally committed to the reigning NCCAA champions Vanderbilt Commodores.
"It's amazing, I have a lot of stress off my shoulders and now I can just go out and play and do what I do," said Brewer. "The coaching staff is awesome, it's going to be fun, there is going to be a lot of competition, and that is what I want."
Just like home
Brewer, who was voted the District 9-A MVP this past season is also very familiar with the surroundings at Hawkins Field at Vanderbilt, having played there twice with the Rockets and several other times with his Kansas City Royals scout team.
"I've played there since my freshman year with Forrest, playing twice the last two years against Eagleville and a lot with my scout team, so it is kind of like home to me," said Brewer. "I like the sliding, that is fun and there is also a great backdrop for hitting."
Brewer follows his next-door neighbor and current Atlanta Braves hurler Mike Minor to Vandy and hopefully, will see him in the major leagues some day.
"That doesn't happen very often, two neighbors playing at the same high school and the same college," said Brewer. "Hopefully we will play against each other one day, it would be weird, but it would be a lot of fun."
Brewer also was s standout on Team Tennessee this past summer, coached by former Rocket manager Chris Parker.
"I don't say it enough, but I would like to thank coach Parker a lot," said Brewer, who will also play for Team Tennessee next summer. "I still keep in touch with him a lot."
There is unfinished business at Forrest for Brewer, who feels that the squad is ready to make the next step towards the TSSAA state title.
"I think we will do fine, we are a pretty good team, scrappy, a lot of power, just some country boys," said Brewer. "I think we will have a good lineup and a lot of depth and I think our defense will get us through."
Brewer knows there is still a lot to do as far as staying in shape and honing his baseball skills before making the trek to Vanderbilt after graduation.
"I have to give it all I got, no more slacking off, I have to work in the off-season and than show it out in the field in the spring," said Brewer. "Starting now the days I don't hit with the team I will hit with another Forrest teammate, so I will hit every single day and go hard in the gym in the off-season."
Brewer, who also knows the education he will receive at Vanderbilt is important, will most likely major in either teaching or sports management at the SEC school.
"Lastly, I would like to thank my parents for everything they have done and all the money they have spent, it's been great," said Brewer. "Hopefully, this will take me a long way."