The Phillies didn't surprise Brauer by drafting him, since they were hot on his trail for some time. "The Phillies and Orioles were the two teams that followed me the most," said Brauer. "I figured to go somewhere in the fourth or fifth round, too, so I was watching their picks in those rounds," explained Brauer.
When scouts talk about Brauer, they mention his tough mentality and his ability to go right at hitters, no matter who they are. "I am competitive and I guess I'm somewhat of a bulldog on the mound. I definitely like to go right after hitters and I'm not afraid to pitch inside," said Brauer.
As for his arsenal, Brauer has a decent fastball that generally sits around the 90 mile per hour mark, but he likes his other pitches a lot, too. "I like to throw my curve and change-up. I've got a bit of a slurve that I've worked on and with my fastball, I can generally find something that works," said Brauer.