2007 MLB Draft Q&A: Kyle Brule

A live-armed righty out of Marcos di Niza High School in Arizona, Kyle Brule put together a very solid summer in 2006; it was a summer that helped him to jump up many prospect lists. We recently caught up with Kyle to discuss his summer, his strengths and much more.

Scout.com: First of all, it was a summer of showcases for you. How you do you feel your summer went and what were you able to get out of it?

Kyle Brule: This summer was full with the Perfect Game National, Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Firecracker Tournament in California and Area Code Games in Long Beach. I believe they each had positives – PG showed good scores in SPARQ Testing although limited pitching innings I had a strong showing. While I was not selected at the Tournament of Stars for the USA trials, it was a tremendous experience to play with the players who attended and was a great experience staying with a host family with which I developed a special bond. At the Firecracker I showed good overall skills – pitching, fielding and hitting. Area Code was a great opportunity. I pitched well and had lots of position playing time. I showed two-way player ability at the next level.

Scout.com: Which event do you think you had your best showing at and why?

Kyle Brule: Definitely the Area Codes. I was given more opportunity to show overall baseball skills and athleticism.

Scout.com: If you had describe your overall game, what are some important things you'd point out and basically what should people know about your style of pitching?

Kyle Brule: I have a proven ability to play multiple positions but as a pitcher I am a tough competitor who goes after hitters. I am intense when runners are on base and excel from the stretch.

Scout.com: What would you say is your strongest attribute as a pitcher and why?

Kyle Brule: I am competitive and want the ball against the best. I thrive on the one-on-one contest.

Scout.com: I understand you are making your college decision very soon? Have you thought ahead about the decision you could have to make between going pro and college?

Kyle Brule: I have had extensive discussions with my family on the college versus professional baseball choice and will give careful thought to the opportunities that come my way.

Scout.com: What do you feel are the most significant improvements you have to make over the next year and how do you plan to correct them?

Kyle Brule: I'm 17-years-old and need to get stronger, develop a fourth pitch and continue to work on being consistent.

Scout.com: It seems that you were a player that moved up a lot on many prospects lists this summer. What differences do you think there were in your game that got you the added attention?

Kyle Brule: I think the chance to showcase more than just being a pitcher. I have received a lot of positive feedback from schools and professional organizations.

Scout.com: What do you feel is the most important thing an organization should know about you that they might not see at first glance?

Kyle Brule: I guess I'd have to say my potential. Being 17 I feel my potential is great. I pride myself on my work ethic and drive to play professional baseball.

Scout.com: What big league player would you best compare yourself to in terms of style and why?

Kyle Brule: I compare myself to Curt Schilling because of the love of the game, his competitive nature and what I know about how he prepares for the game.

Scout.com: Could you please describe your repertoire of pitches, the velocities of each and which is your best pitch, etc.

Kyle Brule: My fastball is 88-91 MPH with late movement away from right-handed hitters; my curveball is 73-76 MPH with a 2-7 break; my changeup 79-82 MPH and it drops down and in on right-handed hitters.

Scout.com: If you had to look back at a turning point in your career, what would it be? In other words, when did you realize you could take your game to the next level?

Kyle Brule: My family made a decision when I was 14 to play in California and I played for the San Diego Cobra's. This opportunity allowed me to face some of the best 14 and 15-year-old players at the time. We were national champions and a very competitive and dominant team.

Scout.com: How do you feel playing against such strong competition has helped you as a player?

Kyle Brule: I think I have a lot of confidence and it has helped me to mature as a player – keeping my head in the game no matter what situation the team is in.

Scout.com: Has the pressure of picking a school and getting all the attention from scouts and things like that been difficult for you? What have you done to handle all of that?

Kyle Brule: No, it hasn't been difficult it has been fun to deal with and exciting. I have always kept my relationships with coaches and scouts open and have never shied away from any possible opportunities.

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