Braden Thomson
Braden Thomson
Braden Thomson
Braden Thomson

CLASS OF 2020

1B
OF

Braden
Thomson

Arvada West (HS) • CO
6-0 • 190LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Arizona Diamondbacks 18U HS Scout Team - Colorado

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2020 National

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3/10/19

A 6-foot, 170-pound right hand hitting OF/1B/RHP who ran a 7.50 laser timed 60. Hits from the right side with an athletic slightly open stance. Toe tap to landing on line at stride. Hands load back with a slight arm bar. Swing initiates early and bat path is flat with a high finish. Exit velocity was 84 mph. Feet are active on approach with solid glove presentation and eyes following to the catch. Clean exchange to a longer arm circle throwing from a three-quarter arm slot at 76 mph. At first base he moves well around the bag and works with soft hands and an over the top arm. Arm is accurate and plays at 75 mph.

8-4-18
6-foot-0, 170-pound right hand hitting 1B/OF who ran a 7.35 60. Balanced approach at the plate, hands start high with a short stride to the ball.  Hips and hands fire as one through the zone.  Swing path is slightly uphill.  Exit velocity was 87 mph from the tee.  Multi-positional in the field, at first base he shows good instincts and feet around the bag.  Soft hands while digging balls.  Arm played at 72 mph across the diamond.  In the outfield he anticipates well and gets a good jump.  Fields clean through the ball and throws over the top.  Arm was 77 mph with accuracy.


1-28-18
5-foot-10, 155-pound right hand hitting 1B/RHP. Defensively showed above-average hands while fielding the baseball out in front with a quick release, can play well on the move and through the baseball. Quick and short release from a high ¾ slot, arm plays athletically and threw 73 mph from across the infield. Right-handed hitter, hits from a balanced stance, slightly crouched; short, heel-lift stride and wraps his bat into his load and maintains good balance through contact. Long bat path that sweeps through the zone with rhythm, 84 mph exit velocity off the tee. On the mound, arm action is loose, high ¾ slot. Fastball is mostly straight, slightly runs to arm side, heavy fall, stays around the zone, sat 70-71 mph. Curveball has 11/5 shape, 61-62 mph. Changeup sinks with feel, showed as best secondary pitch, 62-63 mph.

8-5-17
5-foot-10, 155-pound right hand hitting 1B/RHP who also showed well in the outfield at this event.  At the plate, the swing is simple with limited moving parts.  He starts balanced and uses a small stride to begin moving forward.  He drives hard through the zone with his lower half and shows good extension out front on contact.   Swing path is slightly uphill and his ball had good carry during the live round.  Exit velocity was 86 MPH.  In the field he showed good athletic instincts and gets into the right position.  From the outfield he delivers straight over the top and had an arm velocity of 75 MPH.  At first base he showed good range on balls in the hole.  He has a quick transfer and was accurate to both 3rd and 2nd.  Arm velocity across the diamond was 72 MPH.  On the mound he gets to a good balance position and falls to the plate.  He stays in-line on his delivery and stays square on the follow through.  Arm is over the top and his fastball was 72 MPH with good location.  He also added a 64 MPH curve with 11/5 break.

1-29-17

5-foot-10, 155 pounds. Bats and throws right. At the plate hits from a tall stance. Good live round with consistent line drives up the middle. Hands are good to the ball. Bottom hand finish. Improve exit velo to 82 mph since last event off the tee.  Looks as comfortable in OF as he does at 1B. Plays bag well. Arm action is fluid from high 3/4 arm slot. Was 71 mph across the diamond and from the OF.  On the mound has that same quick arm action. Could get more leg drive and extension towards plate. Fastball was up 5 mph since event in October at 71 mph. Keeps getting better every time we see him.

10-1-16
5-foot-10, 155 pounds. Bats and throws right. At the plate hits from a tall stance. Hands load slightly back then drop down to the ball. Has high one-arm finish. Is going to grow a lot. Line drive hitter right now with some power potential down the road. 78 mph exit velocity off the tee.  Really like his arm action at first base. Short and quick from a high 3/4 arm slot. Good glove to hand transfer.  Was 71 mph across the diamond. On the mound has that same quick arm action. Would like to see him get more leg drive. Is dependent on him arm right now. Could add more velocity. But the projectability is there. Was 64-66 mph with fastball. Ran a 7.9 60 time. 

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