Golden Spikes Winner Set to Visit Ole Miss

Braulio Pardo (C, Tampa, FL) - The Gather High (5A) product knows a little about baseball. When one grows up in a baseball environment, as Braulio's father and uncle both stared at the catcher position in the big leagues, it is hard to not be knowledgeable about the game.<br> <br> But it is Pardo's arm, not name, that shines the brightest. Braulio is noted as the best defensive catcher in the state of Florida by most, as he has won the Golden Spikes award for the past two seasons.

The following information was revealed during our interview with Mr. Pardo:

What is your current height and weight? "I am 5' 11", 165."

Which position do you currently play? "I am a catcher."

Which side do you throw and bat from? "I am a switch hitter, and I throw from the right side."

Which position are you being recruited to play on the next level? "Just catcher."

What are your strengths on the field? "My defense and awareness."

What are you currently working on to improve your game? "I just need to keep getting stronger in the weight room."

What do you currently max out with? "I would say 205."

What were your stats from last season? "I think I batted .412 with 2 HR's. I threw out 66% of the runners."

Which awards did you receive for your play? "I won the Golden Spikes award for the past two seasons. I also received All-Western Conference and All-County."

Which schools are currently recruiting you the hardest? "I would say South Florida and Ole Miss. I hear a lot from FSU, Florida, Central Florida, and Mississippi State has been calling."

Which schools are at the top of your list? "I went to Florida's Junior Day and loved it. I liked their field. They have a real nice facility.. Ole Miss, I like their prestige. They play in front of packed houses, and they are always in the rankings. At South Florida, I could probably start as a freshman. Their program just keeps getting better and better. They go into the Big East next year, my freshman season. Those three schools are my top 3."

Any official visits lined up? "Yes sir, I go to Ole Miss this weekend. The other schools are going to line up their official visits when they come to my home."

What will you be looking for while you are on your visits? "I want to play early, and I want to win. I want to be seen and play in front of big crowds. And most importantly, I want a chance to get to the College World Series."

What is your current GPA and SAT/ACT score? "I have a 3.6 GPA, and I have not taken the test yet."

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