The Southeast Region garnered more “Swing & Miss” players that we looked at than any other region in the country. Three of our Top Ten ended up being from the Southeast. The Southeast Region is one of the top two or three D2 regions in the country. Breaking out as a top player in a region that is very rich in talent is a hard thing to do. But in the case of our #7 Swing & Miss prospect, someone clearly dropped the ball in not picking him up.
Mount Olive’s 5’11’, 180 lbs outfielder Braden Reitano excelled for three years with the Trojans. Playing for a team that sits in the top 30 nationally-ranked teams every year shows that you probably are one of the top competitors in the country. To rise as one of the top hitters on that team for three straight years…well, it tells us that Reitano shows up.
First, the accolades:
2014 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year
2014 Daktronics All-American
2014 NCBWA All-American
1st Team All-American (2013)
1st Team All-Conference Carolinas (2012, 2013, 2014)
1st Team All-Southeast Region (2013, 2014)
And rather than have a long discussion about Reitano, his stats over three years tell the story. Let’s take a look:
2014: 72 hits, 67 RBIs, 16 doubles, 14 home runs, .377 average, .471 OBP (led the Trojans in extra base hits)
2013: 75 hits, 62 RBIs, 15 doubles, 10 home runs, .361 average, .454 OBP
2012: 61 hits, 50 RBIs, 17 doubles, 5 home runs, .347 average, .482 OBP
Reitano also is a sure bet in the field, finishing up the 2014 season with a .978 fielding percentage (1.000% in 2013).
How has he done on the summer circuit, with players at all levels (D1, D2, D3, NAIA, JUCO)? Reitano spent the summer of 2013 with the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain League. His numbers continue to tell his story: Reitano hit .280 in 157 at-bats, scored 27 runs, knocked in 26 and hit three home runs. He also placed third in the league with 24 stolen bases.
Notice the consistency and production year-in-and-year-out, in a region that chews up players if they don’t “bring” it every day? So, why is this kid not on a pro field right now? What did we miss? We hope to hear from someone soon that one of the pro clubs realized their “oversight” and Reitano has signed.
For information on “Swing & Miss” and how we came to these conclusions, click HERE.