09/22/2019 - College PREP - Beverly Hills (Detroit), MI
Braden continues to show as a prospect on the diamond with improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a 7.34 runner. Defensively at 3B, defensive abilities have improved, now well above average as he displays fluid / smooth actions. He shows active prep with fluid actions. He works around the GB and through it as he gains ground toward his target. Exchange is clean with strong throws (84 mph velocity) across the diamond. At the plate, hitting / power potential are now well above average through a tall, open setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Barrel is whipped (86 mph exit velocity) through the zone through a solid line drive approach. On the bump, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 79 mph with sinking action. Breaking ball displays 12/6 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with sinking action. Control is outstanding as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program.
08/02/2017 - College PREP - Detroit, MI
Braden continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a promising future on the diamond. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. At the plate, he has improved his hitting / power potential through a squared setup. Hands are quick and work through an aggressive swing path. He shows a feel for the barrel and has strength in his swing with gap-to-gap guy. Power will continue to improve as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. At 2B, hands are clean but needs to present more out front. Feet are aggressive as he attacks balls but will benefit by playing through with his body. Range will increase as he continues to improve foot quickness. On the mound, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 68 mph. Fastball showed a range of 66-68 mph. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup with sinking action. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program.
07/16/2015 - College PREP - Auburn Hills, MI
Braden is a two-way player that pitches and plays the infield with present hit ability. Offensively, he had a quiet head to hit, and was aggressive to offer at pitches in the zone. He had a middle approach and kept his hands inside the baseball well. Defensively in the INF, he made plays with good energy and a clean exchange. He was aggressive to come get his hops and with a quicker release will be able to finish plays as the game speeds up. On the hill, he threw his FB from 52-59 with command, spun his CB from 46-53, and showed a CH with slight movment from 53-56. He had good front side action to stay in line to the dish and had a good pace to his delivery. In all - Braden is a 2020 that should continue to play and strengthen his repeatability for high school play.