Braden Smith
Braden Smith
Braden Smith
Braden Smith
Braden Smith




Byron (HS) • IL
6-0 • 180LBS • R/R
Travel Team: GRB Rays 17U


2023 National

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Smith is a strong 6-foot, 180-pound pitcher who showed renewed offspeed feel on Sunday. Smith throws a high-spin four-seamer, 85-87 mph, at 2,308 rpm on average though the progress he’s made with his curveball, 69-70 mph, was the biggest takeaway here. Smith is throwing his curve a little harder though with significantly more spin, measured just under 2,400 rpm. The slider has a similar profile, though he threw it more aggressively, resulting in even more spin and tighter break. He’s an arrow-up junior in Illinois.


Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-foot, 175-pounds.
Delivery: Tall/fall delivery with smooth rhythm, some effort, works in line, lands squared.
Arm Action: RH. Short arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T85, 83-85 mph. Straight action. T2223, 2154 average rpm.
CB: 64-68 mph. Gradual 11/5 shape. T1952, 1840 average rpm.
CH: 68-70 mph. Straight, occasional sink. T1211, 1117 average rpm.

Hit: RHH. Balanced setup, short stride.  Repeatable swing, quick hands, long level barrel path, line drive approach, fluid rhythm.
Power: 91.14 max exit velocity, averaged 87.7 mph. 305’ max distance.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. Short loose arm action, over-the-top slot.
Defense: Pre-pitch hop, fluid footwork, looks the ball into the glove, fields low to the ground.
Run: 6.94 runner in the 60. Above average runner.


5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed pitcher/infielder. Proportionally strong, wide-shouldered build. Started on the mound against ISA Stars Royal. Clean and loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Fluid drop and drive delivery that works in rhythm, strong front side, athletic through release. Fastball comes out clean with some aggression into the zone. Sat 79-82 mph, touching 83 mph, consistently worked around the plate. Heavily relied on his fastball but mixed in an 11/5 curveball, 63-65 mph, gradual action. Settled in after a tough first inning, slowing only one earned run through six innings and striking out eight. A high-follow arm in Illinois’ 2023 class.


Positional Profile: 3B/RHP Polished on the mound for his age. Capable of throwing all three pitches for strikes.
Body: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Athletic build with strength.
Delivery: Tall/fall type delivery, shoulders stay level, works direct to target and lands square with an athletic finish. Maintained a smooth rhythm throughout.
Arm Action: RH. Long and loose arm action, high 3/4 slot.
FB: T83, 82-83 mph. Comes out clean. Primarily plays straight but flashed slight arm-side run at times. Strikes to both sides of the plate.
CB: 67-70 mph. 11/5 shape with sharp break. Tight spin. Strikes. 
CH: 69-71 mph. Maintains fastball arm speed. Plays with natural cutting action. Strikes

Hit: RHH. Tall setup with narrow and open stance, smooth loading action, athletic pre pitch, moderate stride length. Path works uphill, creates hard contact, in rhythm swing showed knack for finding the barrel.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Short loose arm action, plays out of high 3/4 slot, athletic release when on the move.
Defense: Plays tall with soft hands, clean exchange, actions are clean, third base profile.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60. 


Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-foot-10, 148-pounds. Athletic
Defense: Steady hands, athletic fielding position, fields ball deep.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. Loose arm action, Over-the-top/ high 3/4 arm slot.
Hit: RHH. Tall, Balanced setup, long stride, arm bar load. Level, long bat path, fluid rhythm.
Power: 78 mph exit velocity from the tee.
Run: 7.54 runner in the 60.
Delivery: Smooth rhythm, tall/fall, lands closed, athletic finish.
Arm Action: RH. High 3/4 arm angle, quick arm speed, short, loose action.
FB: T76, 74-76 mph. Straight, hard, control.
CB: 61-63 mph. 11/5 shape, above average action for age, has control.                                   
CH: 62-64 mph. Arm speed near fastball, arm side run, sink. has control.


5-foot-6, 115-pound, infielder and right-handed pitcher. Defensively, short arm action, ¾ slot, quick exchanges at-times, 57 mph across the infield. Offensively, tall, narrow setup, short leg kick timing-trigger, maintains balance. Line drive approach, level barrel path, 72 mph exit velocity. Ran an 8.23 laser-timed 60. On the mound, short arm action, high ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands square. Fastball, slight run, 65-66, touched 67. Curveball, 11/5 shape, tight at-times, 54-56. Changeup, near fastball arm speed, sinking action, 53-56.

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