The Cass High senior has signed a letter of intent with Georgia Southwestern State University to take his considerable baseball potential to the college next year.
But Sims first will finish some baseball business at Cass High, Adam Williams, his coach, said.
The coach said Sims has been contributing the past three years to the team’s success in primarily the role of a reliever.
“We didn’t need his arm as a starter when we had a pitcher good enough to sign with LSU (Dylan Williams),” the coach said.
But those days ended in May when graduation took some of the strongest arms the program has seen.
Adam Williams said he is looking to Sims to help cushion the loss of his pitching ace.
“We are expecting a lot from him,” he admitted. “We are expecting him to lead us and to replace a lot of those innings we lost last year through graduation.”
The coach knows he’s asking a lot of his right-hander, but he believes Sims is the individual for the job.
“He is a great kid,” Williams said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s very polite. He’s a very high character kid.”
On the diamond Sims is efficient.
“He’s a kid who will throw a lot of strikes,” Williams said. “He’ll always be ahead in the count. At Division II, he will throw a lot because he’ll be in the strike zone a lot. He has very good control.”
Williams said Sims made a name for himself last summer when he competed in two Perfect Game tournaments.
“He competed in tournaments that drew a thousand kids and he was selected for the all-star teams twice,” Williams recalled. “That really speaks to his ability.”
Sims said he is looking forward to his final season as a Colonel and also to attending Georgia Southwestern in Americus, who are known as the Hurricanes.
“My travel ball coach introduced me to one of their coaches,” he recalled. “They invited me to come down and visit Georgia Southwestern. At the time I wasn’t sure if I’d want to go there. But when I visited two or three months ago, I felt like I would fit in. I felt a connection with the coaches and the players, too.”
Sims plays with Nelson Baseball School, a travel team coached by Brian Nelson that plays out of Kennesaw Mountain High School and is drawn from the Kennesaw-Acworth area.
He said he is playing travel ball with them for a third year.
Sims has been a starter as a reliever at Cass, earning a letter each year.
He said he played for Todd Eubanks his first two years and then for coach Williams the final two years and gives both credit for helping shape his career.
“I feel like both pushed me to do my best on the field, in the classroom and in the weight room,” Sims said. “I also played with good players here at Cass and some of that wore off on me. Not only did the coaches push me but so did some of the players.”
Sims said during that time he has been primarily a reliever, although he did draw a couple of starts during his sophomore and junior years.
“This year I’m expected to be one of the starters,” he said.
The right-hander, whose pitching coach at Cass is Kyle Clayton, tries to serve up a banquet of offerings to batters.
“I have a four-seam fastball and I’m trying to acquire a two-seam,” he said.
Sims also throws a splitter, a curveball and a circle changeup.
He added he’s played baseball most of his life and still enjoys it.
“I started playing baseball as soon as I could walk, and it kind of just stayed with me,” he added.