Ever since Brayden Gregg went to his cousin’s graduation at West Virginia in 2016, he’s been dreaming of playing baseball for the school. It’s one of the reasons why he committed immediately after receiving an offer from the school.
“My cousin actually went there,” said Gregg, “she actually graduated a few years back and I went to her graduation. I saw the campus and everything, it was my number one since then.
”Everything was perfect there and it had everything that I wanted. And the coaches, you can’t beat the facilities and the coaches that they have.”
Gregg is a 2024 LHP who committed to West Virginia last week. His commitment came minutes after being offered. This was despite also receiving interest from in-state school Penn State and West Virginia rival Virginia Tech.
“I did really good at Georgia last week and then they offered me,” said Gregg. “I took it up. It’s been my favorite school since I was like eight.”
Gregg grew up in Landenburg, Pennsylvania approximately a five hour drive from Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition to playing for his school team, Gregg also plays travel ball with Five-Star Mid Atlantic Select Gold.
His travel team isn’t just for local kids, but is regional with players from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina. His coaches from that team, Andrew Jernejcic and Corey ‘CJ’ Loper, are who Gregg credits most with his development as a player thus far.
“CJ is the best pitching coach I’ve ever had, said Gregg. “What he is trying to get to me comes to me easily and Andrew, he’s helped me so much with my recruiting process, I couldn’t thank him enough for what he did.”
Those pitches that CJ has helped him work on include a two-seam fastball and a slider. His two-seam is what he considers his best pitch, and uses it primarily instead of the traditional four-seamer. He says it, “has a lot of run and sink” and ends up working really well for him.
His slider though is a pitch that he feels he can improve on. The reasoning for that is a lack of experience in throwing one. Gregg used to throw a “low loopy curveball”, but a jump in velocity for that pitch ended up making it into a “hard slider.” He says that he just needs to get more comfortable in throwing it.
Gregg is excited to get comfortable throwing his slider at West Virginia for the fanbase, which he said was one of his favorite attributes about choosing West Virginia, were he already feels welcomed.
“The fanbase when I committed and posted on Twitter, there were so many people welcoming me to the family,” said Gregg. “When I posted on Instagram there were players texting me congratulations.“