With the No. 63 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Boston Red Sox have selected prep outfielder Cole Brannen out of The Westfield School (Ga.).
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound left-handed bat has a commitment to Georgia Southern, but the MLB club should have no problem locking up Brannen.
“I’m 110 percent going pro,” Brannen told 3rdManIn.com in February. “I made up my mind. I’ve known for a long time that’s what I want to do. I want to play ball.”
Midway through April he was hitting .347 with an OBP over .500. He was coming off a junior season in which he hit .450 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs while bagging 13 steals.
He, D.L. Hall and Drew Waters were the top three Georgia prospects leading up to the draft.
“Brannen stands out most with his well above-average speed. It enhances his chances of getting on base, makes him a threat to steal once he does and allows him to cover a lot of ground in center field. He has good instincts and takes direct routes in the outfield, and his average arm is better than most at his position.
“Brannen can do more than run, too. The Georgia Southern recruit has a compact left-handed swing with solid bat speed and more pop than the typical speedster. He has a realistic ceiling of hitting .270 with 15 homers and 30 steals per season.” – MLB.com.