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3 initial thoughts on Cole Brannen, Red Sox 2nd-round pick in 2017 MLB draft

Ryan Hannable
June 12, 2017 - 11:35 pm

After selecting right-hander Tanner Houck with the No. 24 pick, the Red Sox selected outfielder Cole Brannen, from The Westfield School in Georgia with the No. 63 pick in the 2017 MLB draft.

Here are three initial thoughts on him.

1. Standing 6-foot-1 and hitting from the left side, Brannen is very athletic, known for his speed and has lots of room to grow. His athleticism will allow him to get even better as a center fielder. As a senior, he batted .439 (36-for-82), totaling 23 doubles, three triples, and five home runs. He also scored 42 runs and stole 22 bases, drawing 26 walks against only 11 strikeouts.

2. Brannen hasn't fully developed as a hitter and many see some power potential. Given he's a high school senior, don't expect him to rise through the organization like some other recent draftees, as the organization will stay patient with him. He was named to the 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-America First Team. In the summer of 2016, he competed in the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field and in the Nike Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.

3. He's committed to Georgia Southern, but he's already declared he will not be attending the school. "I’m 110 percent going pro,” said Brannen, via “I made up my mind. I’ve known for a long time that’s what I want to do. I want to play ball.” He added: "I’ve wanted to play professional baseball since I was three years old. That’s always been my goal. I’ve worked hard. I’ve put in a lot of time and a lot of effort. God’s given me a lot of things that I can do that a lot of people can’t do. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for him. I’m very thankful and blessed for all the things I’ve gotten to accomplish.”