AJC’s Believe It or Not: UGA recruiting target strikes out first 14 batters of high school baseball game

Sam Bragg: 14 in a row (Wheeler HS photo)

Sam Bragg: 14 in a row (Wheeler HS photo)

Wheeler High’s Sam Bragg dominated a recent baseball game like he was playing it on his XBox 360.

He put up ridiculous numbers.

Don’t let the baby-face look fool you. He’s a bad dude.

The junior flame-thrower struck out the first 14 batters he faced in a 9-0 win over Campbell this past week. Wheeler’s David McDonald has seen a lot of star-studded achievements over the years as baseball coach — including a sending a steady flow of players to the major-league draft. But nothing like Bragg’s brash streak.

It looked something like KKKKKKKKKKKKKK in the scorebook.

“He just struck them all out,” McDonald said. “There wasn’t a ground ball. There wasn’t a fly ball. I think he went 3-2 (full count) on two hitters. His fastball was popping at 91-92 mph, while he was also throwing his breaking ball very hard for strikes … It was impressive.”

Bragg is one of Georgia’s top high school juniors, and has stolen some of the spotlight from senior teammate Dale Carey, who has major-league scouts follow him wherever he goes. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Carey has signed a baseball scholarship with Miami.

Back to Bragg: The hard-throwing righty is 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. He has an early scholarship offer from UGA, but expects to gain national notoriety on summer circuit in a couple of months.

And if you thought it was a fluke, Bragg made a relief appearance two days earlier against Milton. He struck out five batters in two innings, giving him a total of 22 K’s in nine innings.

Not bad for a week’s worth of work.

Who do you think is Georgia’s best pitcher this year? State your case below.

20 comments Add your comment

wiley

April 20th, 2010
7:31 am

Very impressive performance to start the game. Hope D. Hall is taking a hard look at him. GT seems to get most of their players from out of state but this kid would be an excellent addition to our pitching staff. We need to replace Deck McGuire….he is projected by some to be a top three draft pick.

wiley

April 20th, 2010
7:35 am

Sonny B

April 20th, 2010
8:53 am

Georgia actually has pitchers? i didn’t realize it from the scores I’ve seen

UGADawg

April 20th, 2010
9:36 am

He’d better be served going to another school until we figure out what is happening with our program. This year we are in disarray! Can’t hit, Can’t pitch, and Can’t field the ball when it counts. We have given up more 10 run losses in a year than probably the past decade combined and the season still has a third to go!!! Love to have him but might end up pittying him with such a terrible program.

aztec

April 20th, 2010
9:49 am

clay garner at loganville is another great pitcher to be watched

BigE

April 20th, 2010
10:07 am

My vote is for Sam Bragg, to dominate a game like that is impressive. I’m not sure but 14 K’s in a row has to be close to a record, and from a Junior no less. I will definatly be watching him this summer and next year.

Blindog

April 20th, 2010
10:11 am

Can he throw a football?

spratlinp

April 20th, 2010
11:00 am

Cant believe its even up for debate? An underclassmen, who started as a freshmen mind you, has mezmorized players and coaches alike from day one. A junior playing in the toughest region in highschool baseball to put up those stellar numbers? Bragg has my vote hands down!

Richard Alpert

April 20th, 2010
12:14 pm

Aztec is right, Garner at Loganville has been dominate and he looks like he’ll continue that at the next level. The one guy that stands out to me though is Clint Spratlin out of Winder-Barrow. Just a complete pitcher with a simple delivery, hard fastball, very good curve and change, and excellent command. His mechanics are top-notch and has obviously been well coached.

Voice of Reason

April 20th, 2010
12:19 pm

UGA DAWG – You are obviously no Dawg. A real fan would realize the Dawg’s are a young team with much potential. If you are as I suspect, a Tech fan, I would ask, “when is the last time Tech went to the finals in the College World Series”.
The Dawgs are just having a growing year.

Tom

April 20th, 2010
1:12 pm

His Grandfather was ex New York Giants football star Bill Paschal. He has good genes.

archie haygood

April 20th, 2010
1:23 pm

Phenominal!!, has this kid done this in previous years (that is, been even half as effective as this; what a prospect
another very good under the radar pitcher is Justin Key, Nothside hs; I saw him in Valdosta dominate a pretty decent 5A team. this kid, mixed a medium speed fastball with a wicked change and smooth curve. A booster told me he’s like 12-3 with sub-2.0 ERA and is a position playerin OF with a combative stick and sneaky power. Bragg must stay healthy. I do hope is coaches use him wisely, summer and all.
a GHSA observer

Make it bacon

April 20th, 2010
1:59 pm

I think it is time the sport, of the “big three” at UGA, with the most recent national title to have a MAJOR upgrade on its facilities. Foley Field needs to be expanded to at least 6k. Re-do the current seats, add seats down the 1st and 3rd base lines, add a section behind left field, and preserve Kudzu Hill.

Anyone else agree?

Dave Pernos

April 20th, 2010
5:18 pm

kid, don’t come here. otherwise i will throw your arm out in the first year cause you’ll be the only pitcher we got.

Dawggone

April 20th, 2010
8:09 pm

Hey, Voice of Reason – I agree that this year is a growing year for UGA, but exactly in which direction are they growing? Hope you Dawgs enjoy watching the SEC tournament on TV! Woof! Woof!

The Truth

April 20th, 2010
8:15 pm

This kid is an absolute joke. He is as overrated as it gets. hard thrower and thats about it. he hasnt seen good hitting yet, and when he does it doesnt end well with a straight, flat fastball like that. a classic uga recruit, throws hard…so he must be good.

LVD

April 20th, 2010
8:50 pm

Dear “The Truth”, you obviously haven’t done your homework and don’t know what your talking about. If East Cobb baseball doesn’t have the best players and winning the 2009 Mickey Mantle World Series in Texas last year isn’t enough proof … you may be right. Check it out and see who closed the final game. Dale Earnhardt had more people that bashed him than liked him too, AJC and WHS take this blog off, it’s doing no one any good, it’s just an opportunity for punks with no talent to vent.

JohnT

April 20th, 2010
9:34 pm

Hasn’t seen good hitting?!?!? Didnt this kid shut down Pope High Shcool (reigning state champs) for 10 straight innings a couple weeks ago…Doesnt say much about the coaching that they’d let him go that long (maybe his pitch count was low), but it says alot about the determination and talent of Bragg. I’ve never seen anyone with a flat fastball go that long…hell, I’ve never seen anyone with “great” stuff last that long. This kids got my vote!

hornetss

April 21st, 2010
10:28 pm

I would say bragg is a much better hitter than he is a pitcher.

gametime

April 21st, 2010
10:30 pm

yeah i would agree he can stroke.