Name: Braxton Garrett
High School: Florence (Ala.)
Height/Weight: 6-3, 195
College: Signed with Vanderbilt
MLB Draft: Selected No. 7 overall by Miami Marlins
Details: He was 6-2 with an 0.54 ERA and 131 strikeouts with only 15 walks in 65.1 innings. He also hit .394 with 34 RBI. He played on the gold-medal winning USA Baseball at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. His father, Steve, is Florence’s baseball coach.
Favorite teacher: Probably Mr. William Townsend, my government economics teacher this year. We just related sports-wise and talked a lot and he’s one of the best teachers I’ve had.
Working on: Right now, I’m working on having the best command I can have on all three of my pitches. I work a lot every day on my fastball command. I think that’s the most important thing in pitching. My change-up is still developing, but it has gotten better in the last year. My curveball is the least of my problems. A lot of scouts call it a slider, but sometimes I can make it more of a 12-6 (curve ball). I can manipulate.
Biggest accomplishment: Definitely winning gold with Team USA this summer. That was the greatest time I’ve ever had in my life, going to Taiwan and Japan with 19 other guys who, to this day, are some of my best friends.
Biggest disappointment: Probably this year, losing in the first round of the playoffs. As a team, that’s not what we wanted. We felt we could have won, but we just didn’t come through.
One possession I would save from a fire: My Team USA Jersey and my Gold Medal are in one frame, so I would get that frame.
Favorite MLB player: Clayton Kershaw. He’s been good for a pretty long time.
Mistake I learned from: In the eighth grade, I was pitching against Anfernee Grier, who is a center fielder for Auburn now and he hit probably a 500-foot bomb off me. I learned not to throw an 80-mph fastball inside on a guy who’s hands are that quick. My fastball has gone up since the eighth grade, so I might be able to sneak one in there now.
Favorite super power: I’ve always had a thing with flying. I’d love to be able to fly and just get wherever and save a lot of gas money.
First car you ever drove: A two-door 1996 brown Chevrolet truck.
Dream car: A nice luxury car, but I like a lot of them.
Favorite Justin Bieber song: “As Long as You Love Me,” but there are a few others that I do like.
Walk-up song: For pitching, it was Darth Vader’s Dubstep remix. My hitting walk-up song was “Into the Jungle,” but I can’t think who that was by.
Favorite movie or book: The Harry Potter movies. I haven’t seen any in a while, but the whole series was my favorite.
Best feeling, dunking or hitting a home run? Definitely hitting a home run. You get to enjoy it longer, you get to run around the bases. Dunking is real quick and then you’re back on defense.