Kyle Jamison is a good operator at shortstop for the Pueblo Spradley Collegians baseball team; so much so that his head coach called him a “monster”.
Jamison is a former Pueblo West High School player who helped the Cyclones to the Class 4A State Championship in 2017.
He then played at Garden City (Kan.) Community College and started his junior season at the University of Mary in North Dakota, but continued to play active summer ball for the Collegians in Pueblo.
“One of the most gifted athletes I’ve ever coached, ever seen on the field,” said Collegians head coach Tony Pechek, who was part of this Pueblo West Championship as an assistant coach. .
“What he lacks in size he makes up for in ability. He does so many little things well. He’s a 5-foot-9 person in a 6-2 body.”
Jamison has always been known as a “player”. He’s a player with an old-school attitude and work ethic that’s brimming with talent.
He played shortstop in high school and college, the position he now plays for Spradley, and played outfield for the University of Mary.
Jamison explained why he chose the junior college route for his baseball career, saying his goal was to get out there and “compete against good competition.”
“My dad played in a juco. He always told me that was the best route because you get that experience and learn a lot more about the game and its speed,” Jamison said.
“It has always helped me mentally. Going to juco has helped me through trials and tribulations.”
Pechek said he has seen Jamison mature over the years.
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“He made a great choice to leave Pueblo and go play,” Pechek said. “He has become his own man and seeing him this year has matured.
“He plays shortstop like he’s 6-foot-4, his ability to hit the plate with a bit of pop, (he) can bunt well and is a well-balanced hitter. He has the intuition to play to the next level.
“(Pueblo West head coach Dan Sanchez) has honed his skills and Kyle has used his natural ability to become the player he has become. He can go all out defense. One of the top five players infield that I have ever coached or played with and that includes the pro ball.”
Jamison said he had a great experience at Garden City.
“I played shortstop the whole time I was either the first hole or the 9th hole,” he said. “I had a great time and played pretty well. The first year COVID cut it short. I ended up having D-2 looks and had the opportunity to keep playing.”
At the University of Mary, he adapted to play in the outfield.
“I played center field, left field, shortstop and second base,” he said. “I’m much more comfortable in the outfield with my tool set.
“I’m going to play shortstop all summer. I feel better playing there. I’ve played there all my life.”
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Jamison credits some of his skills as a shortstop to genetics and mentioned the impact of some of his former coaches.
“Dan Sanchez taught me a lot about playing on the court when I was in high school, just doing the little things,” he said. “I was able to master these things at juco.”
Being smaller than many players is something Jamison has turned to his advantage.
“People doubt me all the time and I like proving them wrong. I think that kind of ignites a fire in me,” he said. “I have a chip on my shoulder, that’s for sure. People look at me and don’t expect much from me.”
Jamison wants to continue honing his skills and enjoying the summer in Pueblo with old friends and players.
“I left Pueblo and am in North Dakota, but I still hold Pueblo close to my heart,” said Jamison, who majors in business management. “I love playing with my friends from high school…It’s just fun to compete. I just like the vibe here.”.
Pechek described Jamison’s playing style as “old school”.
“He speaks loudly when warranted and plays the game the right way,” Pechek said. “He makes me want to coach.”
Chieftain senior sportswriter Jeff Letofsky can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeffletofsky