Palm Beach State College head coach Kyle Forbes knows a big-time prospect when he sees one, and sophomore Brandon Welch, from Palm Beach Gardens, is just that.
"He's a strike-thrower," said Forbes. "He doesn't walk anybody."
"I'm just trying to go right after the hitters all the time, being aggressive, being a bulldog on the mound, basically," said Welch.
That mindset, along with his skill set, has major league scouts drooling.
"His first start of the year, we had a handful of scouts at the game and his velocity was in the mid-90's and, you know, just showed excellent athletic ability on the mound and excellent arm action, and ever since then, every Major League team has sent in all their national cross-checkers and scouting supervisors, what not, and he hasn't disappointed them," said Forbes.
"It's awesome because I've been working all my life to get to this spot," said Welch.
Welch is now a well-known prospect, but it wasn't all that long ago he was having a hard time just getting on the mound.
"I didn't really get looked at in high school. Went to Daytona, signed out of high school there and didn't really work out there," recalled Welch. "Came here, called Coach Forbes, he said more than welcome to have me."
After this season, Welch has a scholarship to FAU if he wants it, but he expects to be picked in the first three rounds of this summer's draft.
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