LHP Sean Brady became the third Florida signee to be drafted in the 2013 MLB Draft when the Cleveland Indians selected him with the 141st overall pick in the 5th round.
Most scouts pegged Brady as a “future college player” before coming on in his senior season. Brady added velocity as well as polished his two secondary pitches and was dominant at Baker high school in Cape Coral Florida. His senior season effectively changed the perception and moved him into the range where a team will look to sign him to a professional contract.
Brady was a third team All-American from Cape Coral Florida. He boosted his draft stock this spring when he struck out 90 batters in just 44 innings while posting a 0.74 ERA. At 6’, 185-pounds, many scouts thought that Brady had maxed out his velocity in the upper eighties before he consistently was throwing between 89-91 while getting up to 93 at times his senior season.
On top of his added velocity; Brady has two very good secondary pitches with a curveball and a changeup. He is able to command both of these off speed pitches reasonably well. He has sound mechanics and looks like he can continue to develop his command and become a pitcher who pounds the strike zone with all three of his pitches.
What Scouts Say
Scouts were surprised the most by Brady’s added velocity. Brady had attended over 20 Perfect Game tournaments and had never broken the 90-MPH mark. For him to suddenly bump up his velocity into the low 90s gives scouts an indication that he has a higher ceiling than first thought.
Chances Brady Comes to Florida
The Indians taking Brady in the fifth round means that they have every intention of signing him and getting him into their organization. Brady was projected as the No. 215 best prospect in the country by Perfect Game so he was drafted slightly ahead of projections.
With both of those factors in play, it’s hard for me to think that Brady will choose school over professional baseball.