Braden Lee – RHP/1B/Coach with four years EU experience playing and coaching
From 2010-2013, right-handed pitcher Braden Lee spent his summers working hard on his game by playing summer collegiate baseball. In 2013 he graduated from Virginia Intermont College (NAIA) where he play for the Cobras for two seasons while earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sport Management, specializing in event and facility management, coaching, marketing, advertising, media relations. In 2014 he took his career overseas to Germany after signing on with the Gauting Indians of the German regional league east. While his mid 80’s fastball, sharp 12-6 curveball and change up gave German batters trouble,
His performance in 2014 led to a 2015 signing with the Trebic Nuclears of the Czech second division where he posted a 2.03 era over 44.3 innings of work, stats that awarded him a spot on the league All-Star team as the top reliever/closer. With Trebic he as used primarily as a reliever/closer where he led the league in appearances with 19. Braden also pitched a combined 10 shutout innings of exhibition play against Technika Brno (Czech D1 ) and the Slovakian and Lithuanian national teams. As proven in 2014 with the Indians, he has the ability to start as well for a club seeking a starting pitcher.
In 2016 he signed to play in Poland and run the youth program for Silesia Rybnik. He finished the season with an era of 1.59 and 70 strikeouts. In 2017 he took on the role as player-coach for the Budapest Reds out of Hungary, which compete in the Hungarian first division and the Euro Interleague. Braden was utilized both as a pitcher and a shortstop as well as coaching all youth ages in addition to the mens team. He finished the season with an era of 3.25 and 61 strikeouts and only 7 walks over 58.1 innings pitched.
Braden is currently playing in Perth, Australia for the Swan Districts Baseball Club where he is also hitting and playing 1B (current stats here ). Braden also hit .350 in 2014 in Germany (German hitting stats).
Braden prides himself on hard work and staying in great physical health which enables him to pitch deep into games as a starter or pitch back-to-back days as reliever. He sticks to a strict throwing and training schedule to ensure he can meet the demands expected of him on the field. He is a loyal team member who is enthusiastic about coaching youth and using his time in Europe to be a mentor and spread his knowledge of the game. Braden would be a great candidate for any club looking for some continuity within their youth program as he is interested in potentially staying with a club longer term is it is a good fit for both the club and himself.
Height: 180.34cm / 5’11”
Weight: 84kg / 185 lbs
Primary Position(s): Starting pitcher
Secondary Position(s): 1B (has not hit since 2014 in Germany)
2008-2010: Central Lakes College Raiders (NJCAA)
2010: Staples Lumberbats (Semi-Pro Baseball League-MBA)
2011: Ozark Generals, Mink Baseball League (College Baseball Summer League)
2012-2013: Virginia Intermont College Cobras (NAIA AAC Conference)
2012: Olean Oilers, New York Collegiate Baseball League
2013: Mt. Pleasant Militia, All-American Collegiate Baseball League
2014: Gauting Indians, German Regionalliga
2015: Trebic Nuclears, Czech Republic second division
2016: Silesia Rybnik, Polish Extraliga
2017: Budapest Reds, Euro Interleague
2017-2018 winter: Swan Districts, Perth Australia
2017: Player-Coach, Budapest Reds
2016: Youth Coach, Budapest Reds
2016: U14 Coach – Silesia Rybnik, Poland
2014: U14 Coach – Gauting Indians, Germany
2010: Volunteer Assistant Pitching Coach while injured, Central Lakes College. (ages 18-21)
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Pavel Jozek – Trebic Nuclears Manager
Roldan Ochoa – Trebic Nuclears teammate and EU import.
“Outstanding work ethic. The guy works his butt off every single day.”
Jakob Van Mosch – Former Bundesliga player for Regensburg Buchbinder Legionaire, Gauting Indians/ 2014 season teammate
“One of the best athletes I’ve seen in a while. Some of the plays he made at 1st base were unreal.”
Benedikt Weißenberger – Manager of the Gauting Indians/2014 season teammate
“Always dependable on and off the field.”
Bernard Huber –Former Bundesliga player for Gauting Indians/ 2014 season teammate
“When pitching, his 12 to 6 curveball is real sharp and gives batters trouble. Pleasure playing with a man that give it everything he has. Very knowledgeable.
Jeremy Christian – Former Virginia Intermont College Head Baseball Coach now Point University Head Baseball Coach
Chris Estilow – Coach of Mt. Pleasant Militia/ former Catcher in Florida Marlins Organization
I found Braden to be a hard working and determined young man. His work ethic is second to none and he is always ready to do whatever is necessary. I found him to be reliable, cooperative, and dedicated. He relates well to people and is a very good communicator. He was a valued member of our staff and I do not hesitate to recommend him to you. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Braden is looking for a club in Europe for summer 2018 who is willing to offer round-trip airfare, a small salary, and accommodations. He is open to potentially staying with a club for more than one or two years.
The International Baseball Community has verified the background and statistics of this athlete as well as contacted the listed references. Through numerous correspondence, it is our belief that this athlete is genuine about his abilities and would be a good candidate for a league of which he is qualified. The International Baseball Community does not guarantee a certain level of performance of this athlete and has not witnessed the athlete compete first hand. It is recommended that baseball clubs interested in acquiring the services of this athlete do their own due diligence in determining his abilities, character and work ethic.