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As a se­nior, Han­i­fee’s fastball topped out at 94 mph. He also throws a slider and a changeup.

“We have an adult wooden bat league in Rockingham County, where we live, which is full of col­lege guys, for­mer pro guys, high school guys. It’s a great league, and last year I think he pitched 14 in­nings in that, so as far as the num­ber of miles on his arm, they’re pretty low,” Sean Han­i­fee said. “I think that’s one thing the scouts re­ally liked and prob­a­bly con­trib­uted to him go­ing in the draft as early as he did.”

Mo­rales re­port­edly at­tended ev­ery one of Han­i­fee’s starts this past spring.

“He has a pretty high ceil­ing,” Mo­rales said of Han­i­fee. “He’s one of the best ath­letes in my en­tire ter­ri­tory, he’s got a su­per fluid de­liv­ery that he re­peats, and just the fact that he hasn’t pitched much and how ath­letic he is bodes well for the fu­ture.

“He has a huge up­side and throws a lot of strikes and we think he has a chance to be a start­ing pitcher in the mid­dle of the ro­ta­tion.”

All told, the Ori­oles re­port­edly made 14 vis­its to see Han­i­fee, in­clud­ing once just to watch him play short­stop.

“Just to be able to put an Ori­oles hat on at some point and say, ‘I’m a pro­fes­sional base­ball player and I play for the team I grew up cheer­ing for,’ prob­a­bly doesn’t hap­pen to of­ten,” Sean Han­i­fee said. “[Har­ford County na­tive] Cal Rip­ken Jr. had that op­por­tu­nity. I’m not in any way try­ing to make a com­par­i­son be­tween him and Cal Rip­ken, but to grow up in the area and then play for [the home­town team], I al­ways thought that was a cool story with Cal Rip­ken. Now Bre­nan kind of gets to live the same thing.”

Han­i­fee ex­pects to spend the du­ra­tion of the sum­mer as a mem­ber of the Gulf Coast Ori­oles, who play their home games at Ed Smith Sta­dium in Sara­sota. Pro­gres­sion through Bal­ti­more’s mi­nor league sys­tem will then likely be­gin at Aberdeen (short-sea­son), with pos­si­ble stops along the way at Del­marva (Low-A), Frederick (High-A), Bowie (Dou­ble-A) and Norfolk (Triple-A).

“One of the more ex­cit­ing things to look for­ward to is just work­ing with dif­fer­ent guys and see­ing other peo­ple’s opin­ions [on how I pitch],” Han­i­fee said. “Get­ting looked at by a bunch of dif­fer­ent peo­ple is what helps the most, prob­a­bly. A lit­tle bit from this guy and a lit­tle bit from that guy, and hope­fully a lit­tle bit adds up to a lot and you be­come a bet­ter pitcher.”

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Turner Ashby (Va.) se­nior Bre­nan Han­i­fee pitches the ball dur­ing prac­tice in April.

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