Mike Brooks (Skip)
Diamond Players Recruits
The Diamond Players Recruits platform was designed by an ex-professional player and longtime coach to provide a national recruiting resource center for players, parents, college recruiters, and scouts.
The Diamond Players Skipper was drafted as a shortstop by the Minnesota Twins out of West Covina (CA) High School in 1968, where he was honored as San Gabriel Valley High School Player of the Year. Mike enjoyed an eight-year professional career with the Twins and Indians organizations and earned a spot on the Twins Major League Roster in 1970 and 1972.
Mike has coached at the professional, college, and high school levels and has worked as an associate NW scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He established the NW Timberjacks Baseball Club in 2000. For 18 years the Tjacks were one of the premier select team programs in the Northwest region with over 95% of graduating players moving on to college programs.
He has been coaching teams at USA Baseball, Perfect Game and Arizona Fall Classic national events since 2000 and started Team Northwest Baseball in 2011 to offer deserving players in the Northwest an opportunity to perform nationally before college recruiters and professional scouts.
In 2019 Mike became managing director for Fastpitch Northwest. FPNW evaluates high school fastpitch players in the Northwest states and brings them together to compete before college coaches at regional and national events. Since 2010 over 300 FPNW alumni have gone on to play in college programs.
As a coach you know you have come full circle when the passion you had as a player, leaving it all on the field each day to achieve your dreams, has now become an intense desire to help young ballplayers reach their own goals, and know that they became the best that they could be.
After all these years it seems that this quote from Jim Bouton especially rings true - "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball; and in the end, it turns out that it was the other way around all the time"