Welch, meanwhile, is a transfer himself from a rival junior college. Like Baker and Asher, he went undrafted a year ago as a freshman at Daytona State (Fla.), working mostly as a closer, only to experience a significant breakthrough after moving on to Palm Beach State. He has played a pivotal role in leading that team to a No. 11 national ranking.
Though Welch’s primary numbers (3-1, 1.26, 35 IP/39 SO) haven’t been quite as eye-opening as Asher’s, he has been every bit as dominant. He has been extremely stingy in allowing base runners with his impressive four-pitch mix, giving up just five walks and 10 hits in his 35 innings of work.
According to Eastern-based scouts, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Welch has become the East Coast’s version of Western Nevada’s Baker—a previously unknown arm who has catapulted himself up draft boards this spring to a point where he is becoming a factor as early as the first round.
“Brandon has been outstanding for us,” said Palm Beach State head coach Kyle Forbes. “His fastball has touched 96, and he pitches at 91 to 94. He has a plus slider, which is 84-87. He also throws a 12-to-6 curve and his change is 83-85. He is very athletic and fields his position well. He’s an excellent prospect.”
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