Twice drafted as a pitcher, Northrop High School grad Colin Brockhouse has revamped his game and is now making a name for himself as a center field during his senior season at Ball State.
Brockhouse was drafted in the 37th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a pitcher in 2016 but opted to return to Muncie for his junior season in hopes of improving his stock. The 6-foot-2 righty did that, as he was selected in the 24th round by the Blue Jays last summer.
However, concerns about his arm health – he had Tommy John surgery in high school and battled tendonitis his junior season at BSU – caused the Blue Jays not to sign him and led to Brockhouse reevaluating his career on the diamond.
Heading into his senior season Brockhouse transitioned to the outfield – a position he never played on a daily basis before – and worked extensively on his hitting.
The work has paid off as the former Bruins leads Ball State with 9 home runs and 12 doubles and is second on the team in hits and RBI. He’s also just one of two players to start all 52 games thus far for the Cardinals this season.