By Erik Harris
PINSON — Pinson Valley head baseball coach Shane Chappell took pitcher Brett Jordan, who was a junior at the time, to a showcase at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville last year.
The big righty took the mound in southwest Alabama and threw against some Eagles players. While throwing a consistent 87-88 mph, he retired each of the college hitters he faced. A couple went down via strikeout.
Last Tuesday, Jordan signed a baseball scholarship to Alabama Southern at Pinson Valley High School.
Jordan is expected to be one of the Indians’ top two arms this season, along with fellow senior Hunter Davidson. Chappell refers to the two fourth-year hurlers as co-No. 1 starters.
After recovering from labrum surgery last year, Jordan came on to provide strong innings out of the bullpen throughout the second half of the schedule.
“Not a lot of people knew about (Jordan), because he didn’t really pitch a lot last year until the end of the year,” Chappell said.
The transition from a relief pitcher to a starter shouldn’t be too difficult, as he throws in the mid to upper 80s with a strong changeup.
“We feel like he’s our guy,” Chappell said. “I feel like when we put him on the mound, we’ve got a chance to win every game he goes out there. We’re anticipating some good things from him.”
As area play begins for the Indians, Jordan will be called on often.