Phillies: Roy Halladay’s son commits to Penn State
The son of Phillies legend Roy Halladay will be playing much closer to Philly
One month after the devastating loss of his father, Braden Halladay announced he plans to pitch for Penn State University. The 17-year-old announced his commitment Saturday afternoon, the anniversary of his father’s official retirement. Braden is set to graduate high school in 2019.
Braden is the son of former Phillies and Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, who passed away in a plane crash on Nov. 7th while flying over the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay was an avid pilot and has recently bought his own sports plane.
Over a 16 season career with Philadelphia and Toronto Halladay developed into the greatest pitcher of his generation. Winning 203 games, two Cy Youngs, and pitching both a perfect game and a no-hitter in the same season he put himself in position to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2019.
Like his father, Braden is a right-handed pitcher, now going into his junior season at Christian Calvary High School in Clearwater, Florida, home of Phillies spring training.
In 14 appearances as a sophomore, Braden mirrored his father, who worked as a pitching coach for the team. Doc committed himself to coaching his kids after spending the majority of their lives as a player on the road.
With a perfect record of 4-0, the young Halladay threw a complete game shutout and finished the season with a 2.10 ERA and two saves during his first season on the varsity team.
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Perfect Game clocked Halladay in July with a fastball in the low-80s, which isn’t too shabby for a 17-year-old. He’d also received interest from TCU before making his official commitment to the Nittany Lions and head coach Rob Cooper.