2001-05-12 / Sports

Athlete Of The Week: Brian Bunyan

Athlete Of The Week: Brian Bunyan

By Emanuel Jalonschi

Brian Bunyan (yes, Bunyan, like the American folk giant) is not a young man that you could ever mistake for talkative. As a matter of fact he’s one of the quieter fellows you’ll ever meet.

Not that he would ever need to say much. Just looking at him says enough. He’s an intimidating 6’6" 230 lbs. Just imagine him looking down at you from the pitcher’s mound. This Molloy High School Senior has got to be one of the most awe inspiring left-handed pitchers in the league.

This giant lefty, known as "Babe" to his coaches and friends, can’t help but draw comparisons to both heroes of myth and sports. Already a ten-year veteran of the game, he is considered one of the hottest commodities among college and professional scouts.

His size and power represents the best in what scouts look for in the next "phenom." Brian takes it one step further though. While most power pitchers are content to just challenge hitters with their velocity, Brian can do so much more. "I throw hard but I hit my spots. I change speeds a lot." That’s the scariest kind of flame-throwing pitcher—the kind that could slow it down so much you’re swinging through air before the ball gets anywhere close to the plate.

His successes have been many and oh so many praises have been heaped on to his giant frame already.

If you really want to understand the essence of Brian "Babe" Bunyan, you don’t ask him about it. You just wait and see the results. This year, through 40 innings of work, he has struck out 50 while only walking 3! His overall record is 5 wins and no losses.

Typical Brian: last year against a league rival, who shall go unmentioned, he was brought in with the bases loaded, nobody out and the game on the line. Most relief pitchers look to get out of the situation without losing the game. Brian got the save and in a most impressive fashion struck out all three hitters he faced. Three up, three down, game over.

Don’t wait for anyone one to tell you this kid is good. Just wait and watch to see him impress you, too. It’ll happen soon enough.

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