Physical Description: Stocky,
thick frame. Catcher's build with a sturdy lower half. Pretty
close to maxed out physically.
Starts square with his hands high. Brief leg lift timing device.
Gets his whole body into his swing. Swing has some length.
Approach and pitch recognition need work. There are questions
about how he will handle premium velocity as he was not exposed
to it much as an amateur. When he makes contact, hits the ball
very hard and has recorded high exit velocities.
Power: Plus raw power. Has shown the ability to hit the
ball a long way, especially to the pull side.
Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.
Field: Unclear if he can stick behind the plate
long-term. Actions are on the stiff side.
Arm: Plus arm strength.
Notes: In 2022, led all high school hitters in
home runs and runs batted in with 20 HR and 91 RBI in 34 games.
Committed to the University of North Carolina. High School team
won the 2-A State Championship in 2021 and 2022. Was set to
participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was
cancelled due to Hurricane Ian.
Summation: Has considerable upside if he can stick
behind the plate given his power potential. Questions around hit
tool and defense cloud projection, but very intriguing
Note: This page will be
updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team
has seen the player in person.
Red Sox select Brooks Brannen with ninth-round pick