Brooks Brannon FCL Red Sox Catcher

Age: 18
Born: May 4, 2004
Birthplace: Greensboro, NC
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 9th round, 2022 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (UNC commit)
High School: Randleman (NC)
ETA: Late 2026

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 29, 2022 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Kirk Fredriksson
Signing Bonus: $712,500
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2026
MLFA Eligible: November 2028
Pro Debut: August 13, 2022 (FCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
Twitter: @BrooksBrannon3
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  Physical Description: Stocky, thick frame. Catcher's build with a sturdy lower half. Pretty close to maxed out physically.

Hit: 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.

Run: 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.
  Career 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 later-round pick.

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 (7.18.22)
    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
2022 Randleman HS HS --- 18 34 115 44 70 17 3 20 91 153 16 15 2 1 0.609 0.644 1.330 1.974
2022 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 18 5 13 6 6 1 2 0 5 11 2 5 0 0 0.462 0.533 0.846 1.379
2023 TBD -- -- Bos 19     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  MaxPreps All-American (2022)
MaxPreps Small Town National Player of the Year (2022)
North Carolina 2A State Player of the Year (2022)

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