Name: Brandon Poulson
Birth date: ? (24 years old)
Height: 6' 6"
High School: Piner High School
College: Academy of Art University
Poulson is a 24 year old who went undrafted in June due to keeping a low profile. Until last fall he spent most of his time working for his father's excavation business, and only pitched on Sunday nights in a local men's league called the Wine Country league.
Beginning last fall, Poulson and pitching coach Caleb Balbuena re-tooled Poulson's mechanics and he is now reported to throw as hard as 100 mph. Poulson joined the the Prune Packers of the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League this summer, and proceeded to strike out 31 of the 58 batters he faced, while walking 15, allowing 6 singles and 2 ER in 12.1 innings. He had a 58.6% first pitch strike percentage.
While closing for the Packers, Poulson was spotted by Twins scout Elliott Strankman, who believes Poulson has the best arm strength he has ever seen. "He's a physical specimen," Strankman said. "We're cautiously optimistic because we don't want to put a bunch of pressure on the kid. He could be pretty good. This is uncharted territory for us."
The A's, Giants, Mariners, and Phillies also expressed interest in Poulson but the Twins were able to offer a $250,000 bonus because of the large balance remaining on their draft pool.
"It's a great story," Twins West Coast scouting supervisor Sean Johnson said Tuesday. "This kid came out of nowhere."
Not a lot we know about Poulson yet except he throws hard and is considered extremely athletic. He was clocked running a 6.6 60 yard dash and has a 40 inch vertical leap, in addition to the 96-100 mph fastball.
Poulson will travel to Tennessee where he will finalize his agreement and join the E-Town Twins. He could make his first appearance as early as this weekend.
Edited by Willihammer, 29 July 2014 - 11:32 PM.