After sharing the role with Kelvin Day as a junior, James will be the Wildcats’ primary closer in 2002... He is the staff’s go-to-guy... The key to his success as a pitcher will depend on getting ahead in the count and throwing strikes... Competes as well as anyone.. The coaches have a lot of confidence in his abilities, “Wouldn’t trade him for anyone”... Added another pitch during the fall.
during fall drills
Made three appearances for the Purple Sox during the Kansas State Fall Ball World Series... Posted a 1-0 record and a 6.23 ERA in 4.1 innings pitched with seven strikeouts and a staff-low two walks... Held batters to a .235 average... Allowed just two hits in two innings of work in a win in game three of the series.
on my summer vacation
Played for the Beatrice (Neb.) Bruins of the M.I.N.K. (Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas) League... Helped the team to a 27-20 overall record, including a 21-14 mark in league action... Posted a 1-1 record and 1.93 ERA in nine appearances from the mound with one save... His ERA ranked second on the team among pitchers with more than one appearance... Allowed just three runs (two earned) on five hits in 32 at-bats... Of his five hits, only one was an extra-base hit (home run)... Recorded 15 strikeouts in 9.3 innings pitched.
as a junior (2001)
Saw action in 16 games as a junior mostly a reliever, but did have one start from the mound... Compiled a 1-5 record and 4.85 ERA on the season in 29.2 innings pitched with 29 strikeouts and 19 walks... His 4.85 ERA ranked second on the team... Placed second on the team with three saves... Saves came against Texas Tech, Texas A&M and William Woods... Of the 27 hits he allowed in 2001, only six were for extra bases (five doubles, one home run)... Tallied three or more strikeouts on four occasions... Held opposing batters to a .245 average... Allowed one hit with two strikeouts in two innings of relief against defending NCAA champion LSU on Feb. 11... Held Utah hitless the last 1.2 innings in a 10-2 victory on Feb. 16... Picked up his first loss of the season against Texas on Feb. 25 with three runs on five hits and two walks in 3.2 innings... Came back to collect his first win as a Wildcat in his next outing against Iowa State on March 5, as he held the Cyclones hitless for 2.2 innings with two strikeouts... Dropped to 1-2 on the year, as he allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits with three strikeouts at No. 9 Nebraska on March 9... Picked up his first save of the season against Texas Tech on March 18, as he allowed just two hits in four innings of work with four strikeouts... Held Texas A&M hitless the last 1.1 innings with four strikeouts to claim his second save on March 23... Earned his third save against William Woods on April 24 with 1.2 innings of hitless work and three strikeouts... Held Missouri to one hit in 1.2 innings on April 29... Struggled in his last three outings, as he dropped decisions against Wichita State (May 2) and California (May 13).
at johnson county c.c. (2000)
Spent one year as a starting pitcher at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. … Considered the ace of the staff, he earned honorable mention All-East Jayhawk Conference honors as well as team most valuable player accolades… Posted a 6-5 record from the mound in 11 starts and two complete games with a team-best 4.37 ERA… Three of his five losses were by two runs or less… In all, he pitched 65.0 innings with 55 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 280 at-bats… Led the team in innings pitched and strikeouts… Held batters to a .275 average… Allowed just 39 earned runs on 78 hits in 65 innings of work… Averaged five strikeouts and just two walks per outing… Stingy when allowing extra-base hits with just nine doubles, five triples and four home runs against him all season… Posted 10 strikeouts against Rockhurst and 11 against Highland in a pair of 2-1 losses… Coached by Kent Shelley.
at mid-america nazarene (1999)
Saw action in nine games from the mound, including eight starts, for the NAIA school in Olathe, Kan. … Named to the second team HAAC Western Division team… Posted a 2-5 record with four complete games in 41.0 innings pitched… His two wins and four complete games tied for the team lead, while he ranked second in games started (eight) and strikeouts (34)… Rebounded from a 0-5 start to finish the season with two wins, including a four-hitter against in the second game of a doubleheader against Graceland College on April 11… Tallied a 6.81 ERA in 203 at-bats with 48 hits, 34 strikeouts and 26 walks… Coached by Todd Garrett.
at shawnee mission north high school
A one-year starter and two-year letterwinner as a pitcher at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kan. … Pitched in the longest shutout game in American high school history in 1997 at sub-state… Unfortunately, North lost the game, 1-0, in the bottom of the 21st inning to current teammate Kevin Melcher of Blue Valley Northwest…Coached by James Hanson.
(Full name: James Brian Brazeal) was born April 24, 1980, in Shawnee, Kan. … He is the son of Robert and Luella Brazeal… The youngest of three children, James has a brother, Matt (27), and a sister, Stacey (24)… Wants to become a coach at the high school or college level upon graduation… Is planning a major in fisheries and wildlife biology.