Right-handed pitcher Brett de Geus is having a breakout season for the low-A Great Lakes Loons. In fact, the righty was recently added to the Midwest League All-Star team, and the honor is well-deserved, as de Geus has racked up 31 strikeouts while maintaining an 0.82 WHIP in 28 innings.
But his great numbers didn’t happen overnight, as de Geus had to work hard during the offseason to improve his results this season, which makes the All-Star nod even better for de Geus.
“It means a lot to be an All-Star. It’s validation of all of the hard work I’ve put in this season,” said de Geus. “I had a lot of things to work on in the offseason, and I worked hard on them, so this honor means a lot.”
A major factor to his All-Star campaign has been better feel and command of his three pitches. Using a fastball, slider, and cutter in his repertoire has helped de Geus all season, especially his mid-to-high 90’s fastball.
“I throw the fastball as hard as I can, and that goes with the cutter and slider as well,” explained de Geus. “As a closer you got to have that bulldog mentality and the mindset that nobody is going to get a hit off of you, or even a barrel off of you whatsoever.”
And when his fastball is clicking, it also gives him a chance to mix in his cutter and slider more, as the two pitches are developing well in pro ball.
“They’re developing really good,” said de Geus. “Last year was a bit of a struggle. I lost a lot of feel for both pitches since college, and this year the hard work has paid off. They’re plus pitches that I can throw in any count.”
Be sure to follow Brett de Geus, as he continues to work hard on his three pitches.