Daniel Brooks works quickly on the mound and apparently off of it too.
The Bishop England rising junior right-hander committed to the College of Charleston on Sunday.
Brooks, 16 years old and already 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, has intrigued scouts for the past couple of years. He began to garner serious interest from colleges this spring while posting a 1.45 ERA as a key cog in the starting rotation of the Bishops’ AAA state championship team.
Chad Holbrook and the Cougars established a relationship with Brooks toward the end of his high school season. He committed about two months later.
“I already knew where I wanted to go so I didn’t want to wait any longer,” Brooks said. “When I went to other colleges, I didn’t get the same feeling like when I visited College of Charleston. It was a better experience there.”
Brooks is ranked as the eighth-best right-handed pitcher in the state by Diamond Prospects scouting service. His velocity has steadily climbed the past few years. His fastball now reaches 88 mph and he mixes in a changeup and curveball with it.
He threw 40 strikeouts against 19 walks, allowing just nine earned runs through 43 ⅓ innings pitched this season in his first legitimate varsity experience. He hit .263 with 18 RBIs, 13 runs scored and a home run, playing first base in between starts.
He was even better during the Bishops’ postseason climb, not allowing an earned run through 13 ⅔ innings over four appearances, and hitting .387 with a .781 OPS.
He starred for the Canes South 16U travel team this summer, highlighted by a game-winning two-run walkoff hit in the championship game of the Black Bear Classic in June.
College of Charleston presented Brooks the best situation, in his mind. It’s his most generous scholarship offer to date and he likes the idea of playing college baseball in his hometown in a park he’s already familiar with.
“That’s kind of special to play for my hometown school,” Brooks said. “The coaches thought I would be a good fit and I did too.”
College of Charleston’s 2020 roster is expected to include 2018 Bishop England graduate Matt Lobeck and 2015 Wando graduate Oliver Hill.