Super 60 Spotlight: Branden Comia


Nathan Rode
National Supervisor



Branden Comia

Class of 2018 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
    Commitment: Illinois
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Sandburg
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Sparks
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.64
60-yard
88
INF Velo
100
Exit Velo
4.22
H-1st

Scouting Report

9.15.17 -  An Illinois recruit, is a natural right-handed hitter, but has been tinkering with switch-hitting as of late. He took his first three at-bats from the left side and went 1-for-3 with a lineout to the second baseman and a single to left-field. Comia has a simple, loose swing and looks to use the whole field from the left side. Defensively, he has athletic defensive actions and his arm carries across the diamond.

7.11.17 - Illinois recruit, currently ranked No. 102 overall, No. 4 in Illinois’ 2018 class. 5-foot-11, 176-pound switch-hitting shortstop. Continues to show improvements in his overall athleticism; turned heads at the Midwest ProCase by running a 6.65 laser-timed 60. Shows all the requisite skills to stick at shortstop. High-level defender, reliable, soft hands, moves with fluidity, fields the ball in rhythm, highly athletic arm, strong, accurate arm from multiple angles (87 mph), plays on the move exceptionally well. Plays with bounce and quiet confidence. Offensively, natural right-handed hitter who only began switch-hitting this year. Shows athletic, loose hands from both sides of the plate. Relaxed, athletic approach, excellent pre-pitch rhythm, loose, easy hands, generates bat easy bat speed; handsy, line-drive approach from right side. Registered 95 mph exit velocity from the right side with wood, 91 mph from the left side. 

5.13.17 - Illinois recruit. 5-foot-11, 176-pound shortstop. Currently ranked No. 4 in Illinois’ 2018 class, No. 101 overall. High-level baseball IQ, instinctual athlete with natural middle infield actions, carries himself with confidence, plays hard but with ease. Offensively, went  2-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base. Laced a two-run triple in the right-field corner and barreled  an RBI double to centerfield in the first inning. Relaxed, athletic approach, advanced pre-pitch rhythm, simple and quiet, loose easy hands, generates premium bat speed without effort. High-level defender, athletic hands and arm, plenty of carry across the infield (88 mph at Preseason All-State event), ranges with ease to both sides, advanced internal clock.

4.13.17 - Illinois recruit. 5-foot-11, 176-pound shortstop. Currently ranked No. 4 in Illinois’ 2018 class, No. 101 overall. High-level baseball IQ, instinctual athlete with natural middle infield actions, carries himself with confidence, plays hard but with ease. High-level defender, athletic hands and arm, plenty of carry across the infield (88 mph at Preseason All-State event), ranges with ease to both sides, advanced internal clock. Turned an unassisted double play and made a running over-the-head catch in shallow left field look pedestrian. Offensively, has a relaxed, athletic approach. Advanced pre-pitch rhythm, simple and quiet, loose easy hands, generates premium bat speed without effort. Went 2-for-4 with a double down the third-base line. Gets out the box well, 4.22 and 4.30 run times down the line. Also flew out deep to center field. 

2.19.17 - Illinois commit. 5-foot-11, 176-pound shortstop,
solid frame and build with sneaky athleticism. 6.87 runner, highly athletic and ability to stick at shortstop. Defensively makes the difficult plays look easy, soft confident hands, plays well on the move and through the baseball, cuts down angles well, exchange is quick and clean. Arm action is athletic, short and quick release, accurate and athletic arm from anywhere on the field, 88 mph across the diamond. Offensively showed off a new switch-hitting approach. Natural right-hander, athletic quiet setup with balance. Short compact explosive bat, hands are loose and quick twitch, gap to gap type with occasional pop, barrel aware. Left-handed swing is athletic and repeats, slightly more careful, easy smooth and repeated contact mostly to pull side. 92 mph exit velocity from the tee, 90 mph exit velocity from the left side.

5.4.16 - Illinois commit. 5-foot-11, 185-pound middle infielder, solid squared body type with strength. High motor grinder type player. Aggressive hitter at the plate, advance bat speed, hand generated. Ball jumps off the bat, hard contact guy,  bat projects well. Defensively showed highly athletic actions, raw defensive abilities, advanced body control. Average arm, played accurately, showed above average range. Projects as a highly offensive second baseman at the next level.

2.12.16 - Verbally committed to the University of Illinois.

1.17.16 - 5-foot-11, 185-pound infielder, thick build with strength, stocky frame. One of the top prospects in Illinois’ 2018 class, premium bat. Right-handed hitter, confident setup, hitterish in the box, smooth athletic loading action, leg lift stride, excellent balance through contact. Loose hands with easy bat speed, explosive bat, good hand eye, path gets extension, stays through the hitting zone. 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively has confident hands on the infield, natural defender, plays well on the move, knack to make the tough play. Arm action is short and loose, athletic arm action, strong arm to stick on the left side, 83 mph across the diamond. 7.27 runner in the 60. Comia is a high-follow 2018 who is still on the board, his premium bat is likely to stick at third or second base at the next level and bring an aggressive and high IQ game to the diamond.

10.2.15 - Extremely high baseball IQ and feel for the game. Defensively, can play all three infield positions at a high level. Soft hands, good body control and his arm plays from the left side of the infield. Offensively, right-handed hitter reached base in three of his four at-bats. Flat path through the hitting zone. Disciplined approach at the plate. High follow in the 2018 class

Future Games 2015 - 5-foot-10, 172-pound right-handed hitting shortstop was one of the biggest risers for Team Illinois at the Future Games. Offensively, his bat stood out as one of the top 2018’s at the event. Advanced hitter, routinely found the barrel and drove balls with authority. Ball jumps off the bat, aggressive through the zone. Smooth load with good separation. Hands stay on top of the baseball and flashed explosiveness. In game, advanced pitch recognition, routinely taking tough pitches on the border of the zone. Seemed to get into good hitting counts every at-bat. Laced a double down the right field line in Game one. Defensively, smooth, athletic actions and soft hands in the infield. Balanced, under control and fluid feet. Over-the-top, short-arm action, has carry and clocked at 81 mph across the infield.

4.4.15 - Looks to be one of the top prospects in Illinois’ 2018 class. Listed at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, but has physically advanced lower half and overall strong build for age. Starting 3B and hits in No. 5 hole as a freshman for perennial powerhouse Sandburg. Defensively, demonstrates natural, fluid actions; comports himself with maturity and poise. Short, athletic arm action - well-suited for shortstop - with plenty of arm strength and easy carry (was clocked at 84 mph at winter camp). Moves laterally well, advanced footwork and body control for age, fields the ball with rhythm. In game, made a run-through play on a slow chopper look easy. Right-handed hitter, has relaxed, confident approach in box. Simple, quiet mechanics, creates rhythm in load, excellent balance. Looks as though he has spent a lot of time in the cages fine-tuning swing. In first at-bat, got down in count early, then appeared to make adjustment, shortening up with intent on going to right field to move runner over on second base. Fouled two balls off to the right side, then lofted ball to right field; the right fielder dropped it and the runner scored. The second at-bat he laid down a well-executed suicide squeeze down first-base line, 4.32 home-to-first. Finished 0-for-2 with RBI on day. With continued development, Comia should be a highly coveted prospect in the Midwest.

2.5.15 - Top 2018 who impresses with his all-around play. Hits from an open stance, plus bat speed, 86 mph exit velocity, short, slightly uphill, compact path, drove line drives from gap-to-gap with feel for barrel. Threw 84 mph across the diamond from short, quick, athletic arm action. Ran a 7.22 60.


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