South Carolina Gamecocks pitcher Braden Webb has been drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 3rd round of the MLB Draft.
Webb enjoyed a solid season, going 10-5 with a 3.39 ERA, all while leading the SEC in strikeouts. Webb got the call while he was practicing at Founders Park for the upcoming Super Regional series this weekend, but this isn't the first time he's been drafted. Last year, while Webb was still recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Indians selected him in the 38th round, which he declined.
What will be interesting is to see if Webb decides to bet on himself and improve his draft stock with another season or two of dominance in Columbia. At 21, he's likely fully developed athletically, but if he can work on developing different pitches in addition to his slider and fastball, he could be picked much early as a potential starting pitcher. As of now, many scouts project him as a reliever due to his lack of mastery of a diverse group of pitches. Coming back to college for another season at least would give him a chance to fix some of the knocks on his game now, and improve his stock. Still, with a fastball clocking in at 95+ and with college production in a powerhouse conference, it is not surprising to see Webb taken off the board this high.
If Webb does decide to sign, the projected pay for the 82nd overall pick is around $770,000, and money can be a major deciding factor for a college player. Regardless of the decision Braden Webb decides to make, we wish him the best of luck here at Garnet & Black Attack.