Player Spotlight: RHP Braden Cox (Scott City, 2017)

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

Braden Cox (Scott City, 2017) is a strong 6-foot-2 205-pound right-handed pitcher and outfielder.

At the Class of 2017 Games in June, Cox showed a fastball with late life that was up to 83 mph and Feel for tight 11/5 breaking ball, 72-76 mph.  He has command of his change up at 77 mph with arm side sink.

In the outfield, he has an 84 mph positional velo with loose arm action and quick release. He had an 88 mph exit velo and ran a 7.2 60. 

This spring, he led Scott City to their consecutive appearance in the Class 3 Final Four and was named All-State as a utility player.  He is currently playing for the Missouri Lids Bulls and taking visits to schools.

Here is a look inside the recruiting process for Braden Cox. 

PBR: Have you taken any visits, or have any visits scheduled in the near future? If so, what schools, and how recently?

Cox: I haven’t taken any official visits yet but have attended several camps.  Also, my travel club has provided me exposure to colleges in many states. And I toured several schools on the East Coast during the USA Baseball NTIS in Cary, NC in 2011 and 2012.
PBR: Are you looking for anything in particular in a school? (Example: high academics, certain academic program, local, etc.)

Cox: I plan to major in Finance, so I am interested in a strong business program.  
PBR: How did you do your junior year? What were your high school statistics? And how did your team do?

Cox: Scott City had a record of 23-8 and returned to the MO Class 3 Final 4 for the second year in a row.  Last year we got 2nd place and this year we ended with 3rd place.  As a pitcher, I was 7-2 in 56 innings, with 72 Ks, 11 walks and a 2.38 ERA.  At the plate, I batted .410 with 41 hits, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HRs and 16 stolen bases.  I was the Conference Player of the Year, All-District, All-Southeast Missourian and I was just nominated as a Semoball Awards Finalist for baseball.  This was my third year with All-Conference and All-District honors, including 1st Team All-State Pitcher as a sophomore.
PBR: What are you goals for your senior season?

Cox: My goal is to increase my pitching velocity, bat over .450 and to help my team to return to another Final 4 appearance.
PBR: What travel team do you play for? Are you playing fall ball with a team?

Cox: This is my 5th year playing with the Lids Missouri Bulls organization and this year with the 18's.  
PBR: Do you play any other sports?

Cox: I also play football, basketball and participate in the weight-lifting program for Scott City.  In football, I have been starting quarterback since 9th grade, where I was All-Conference and All-Region as a sophomore.  As a junior, I was All-Conference and All-Region as both a running back and defensive back. I was also selected to the All-Southeast Missourian team as a sophomore and junior.  In basketball, I have started Varsity since my freshmen year.  I was All-District my sophomore year and All-Conference both my sophomore and junior years.  And in the weight-lifting program, I train 4-5 days a week.
PBR: What are your ACT and GPA?

Cox: I received a 22 on the ACT and have a 3.8 non-weighted and 3.9 weighted GPA.

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