Cole Brannen Greenville Drive  |  Outfield


Age: 21
Born: August 4, 1998
Macon, GA
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd round, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Westfield (GA)

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Physical Description: Very lean, athletic frame. Looks smaller than listed height and weight. Some remaining projection, but doesn’t have the frame to sustain significant weight gain. Needs to add significant strength.

Hit: Starts open with a toe tap timing device. Has already tinkered with swing mechanics, changing from swing in which he started square with a toe-tap timing device and little incorporation of his lower half seen during spring training and first stint in Greenville. Has also tried starting open with a leg kick of varying heights as well. Shows a willingness to take a walk, but can be overly passive at times and work himself into bad counts. Lacks bat speed. Struggles with velocity, lot of swing and miss at present.

Power: Little to no power potential. Not a major part of his game. Doesn’t hit the ball in the air enough and lacks strength to hit the ball over the fence. Has yet to show even gap power in pro ball.

Arm: Average arm strength.

Field: Potential average defender. Gets good reads in the outfield and has a quick first step. Uses speed to close down on balls in the gap.

Run: Plus speed.

Career Notes: Was a highly regarded prospect coming into the 2017 draft after excelling on the schowcase circuit. Assigned to Greenville to start the 2018 season, but was sent back to extended Spring Training and then assigned to Lowell after struggling. Underwent surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his right hand prior to senior season of High School. Had been committed to Georgia Southern. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018.

Summation: Needs to make significant progress to re-establish prospect status. Lacks a carrying tool even to project as anything better than a minor league depth outfielder. Doesn’t project to hit enough at this point to even allow speed and defensive ability to carry him. Will struggle against more advanced pitching. Needs to add strength and settle on comfortable mechanics at the plate. Doesn’t profile to hit for any power, so needs to focus on a contact-oriented swing and using all fields.

  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2017 Westfield HS HS --- 18 --- 82 42 36 23 3 5 --- 80 26 11 22 --- 0.439 --- 0.975 ---
  2017 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 39 134 23 31 2 0 0 7 33 30 37 9 1 0.231 0.383 0.246 0.630
  2017 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 18 3 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 4 4 1 1 0.222 0.385 0.333 0.718
  2018 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 19 34 127 16 22 1 1 0 7 25 17 47 12 1 0.173 0.269 0.197 0.466
  2018 Greenville SAL A Bos 19 32 127 16 20 4 1 0 7 26 13 43 9 1 0.157 0.246 0.205 0.451
  2019 Greenville SAL A Bos 20     stats                            
  Additional Player Info  
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First Pro Contract:
June 23, 2017 by Brian Moehler (BOS)
Signing Bonus: $1,300,000
MiLB Debut: June 29, 2017 (GCL Red Sox)
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2018):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month (Aug/Sep 2017)
Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month (April 2018) Awards
2018 Pre-Season All-Star
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