Continuing our offseason coverage, The Baltimore Battery returns with our annual Prospect Profiles series, now highlighting the Orioles’ top 30 prospects for the 2021 season!
In this series of articles, we break down every top 30 Orioles prospect from 30 to 1. You will get to know the Baby Birds in this series, which is crucial in a rebuild. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Up at No. 29 in this year’s Prospect Profiles is 24-year-old right-handed pitcher, Kyle Bradish. The former fourth round draft pick by the Los Angeles Angels joined the Orioles just over a year ago via the Dylan Bundy trade.
PITCHING GRADES: Fastball 55 Changeup 45 Curveball 50 Slider 50 Control 45 Overall 40
2020 Rank: 26 – 2021 Rank: 29
Bradish was a starter at New Mexico State University for three years prior to being drafted in the fourth round. Playing in the Class-A Advanced California League for his first professional season, Bradish went 6-7 with a 4.28 ERA over 101 innings pitched. He totaled 120 strikeouts, which caught the eyes of GM Mike Elias and the Orioles in the following offseason.
Bradish’s six-foot-four height makes him an intriguing pitching prospect, as he reaches the mid-90s on his fastball. His curveball is a solid off-speed pitch that helped him reach that strikeout total, while scouts think his slider may end up being his best pitch.
The No. 29 prospect has played the entirety of his professional career as a starter, but might project as a reliever down the road. His control and command have been small issues since college, so limited innings out of the pen could be in his future.
Bradish has had only one professional season, so it’s tough to analyze his game against professional talent. Prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, Bradish was set to play for Double-A Bowie, following the Bundy trade. Bradish was ranked No. 21 in LA’s farm system and will be looking for a solid debut season with an Orioles affiliate in 2021.
Let us know what you think about our new No. 29 overall prospect in the comments, and be sure to check who ranks next on The Baltimore Battery’s 2021 Prospect Profiles!