The Boston Red Sox have solid pitching in their minors. They’ve also got some real power thanks to players like Michael Chavis, Josh Ockimey and Bobby Dalbec. Cole Brannen gives Boston something it doesn’t have much of though – elite speed.
The Red Sox selected Cole Brannen in the second round of the amateur draft this season. He’s already introduced himself to their top-30 prospects list, sitting at number 10.
Brannen brings a lot to the Boston farm system. While he isn’t the most feared hitter, he can give you a little of everything at the plate. Defensively, the outfielder’s arm isn’t special, but it’s solid. His glove work is fantastic, and he’s prone to making highlight-reel grabs. This brings us to his speed.
In his short time with the Red Sox so far, Brannen has shown off that speed well. While he didn’t put together a great stat line over his 42 games, he gave a preview of his skills.
The left-handed hitter slashed .224/.383/.252 with two doubles and one triple. He drove in eight runs and scored 23 more, while stealing 10 bases.
Most of his season was spent in Rookie Ball, but Brannen did get some time in Short-A with the Lowell Spinners. There he went just 1-for-9, but that one hit was his only triple of the year.
What makes Brannen such an intriguing prospect is that it’s not just about speed with him. While that’s clearly the main event, the 19-year-old offers a lot more.
As I mentioned before, he’s already a plus fielder with a decent arm. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of potential with his bat. Brannen has great power for someone with his speed. Combined, those two could make him an extremely dangerous weapon.
It’s going to be the ridiculous speed that people talk about when they mention Cole Brannen. Red Sox fans should know though that he’s going to bring a lot more than just some steals with him to Fenway.