Penn State baseball earned a verbal commitment from class of 2019 RHP Braden Halladay on Saturday afternoon, according to his Twitter account.
— Braden Halladay (@BradenHalladay) December 9, 2017
Halladay is the son of former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay, who tragically passed away in a plane crash on November 7. Throughout his career, Roy Halladay was the ace of the pitching staffs in Toronto and Philadelphia, winning 203 games and recording 2,117 strikeouts in 15 major league seasons.
He won the Cy Young award in 2003 and 2010 and is just one of 23 men to pitch a perfect game in MLB history. Additionally, he was the only pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same season in 2010; he followed up his perfect game against the Florida Marlins with a no-hitter in the NLDS against Cincinnati.
As for Braden, the high school junior currently plays for Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, FL. In the 2016-17 season, he was ranked as the No. 20 pitcher in the country at his level. He currently boasts a perfect 4-0 record and an ERA of 2.10 after one season on Calvary Christian’s varsity team.
Halladay certainly has the genetics of a great pitcher and his first year of varsity baseball in Florida certainly lived up to his father’s legacy. He will join the Nittany Lions after graduating high school in 2019.