Minor League Profile: RHP Rob Bryson

9 03 2008

I thought that I’d take a break from the Player Profile series today and give you a little Minor League treat.  I know I said I would talk about Brad Nelson next, but the interview with Brewerfan.net led me to do a little more research on Rob Bryson.

The Brewers signed Rob last season through the “draft-and-follow” process, and he quickly emerged as a top prospect because of his domination in Rookie ball.  For the Helena Brewers, Rob pitched 54 innings and quickly impressed his coaches with his stuff and relatively solid command.  His strike out rate is very high for a 20-year old, as he whiffed 70 batters in those 54 innings (11.7 K/9IP).  Control seems to be pretty good for Rob.  He only walks two batters per nine innings pitched, but things get a little more unclear when you factor in his 7 hit batters and 5 wild pitches.  His 2BB/9IP does show that he can control the strike zone pretty well, though.  His 1.13 WHIP is also very solid for such a young pitcher, especially playing against older players.

Bryson is predominantly a fastball/slider pitcher, but his slider is a gem of a pitch.  It’s a borderline MLB-ready slider at this point.  Not to be hyperbolic, but it is legit if you’ve seen him throw it.  His fastball could add a few mphs, but he’s still only 20-years old.  He may be able to add a few mphs after working with his pitching coaches and filling into his young frame a bit still.  From all the descriptions, his style reminds me of Francisco Cordero a little bit, but without as much power.

Because Rob has only been a professional for four months, you need to take his statistics with a grain of salt.  With that said, however, he seems to neutralize right-handed batters very well.  Last season, righties only hit .217 against Rob.  Lefties hit better at .288, but that is definitely a respectable number for such a young pitcher throwing against older players.  The only concern I have with Rob is the fact that he seems to be a fly ball pitcher.  His ground-out to air-out ratio is .83, which is a little less than desirable for a reliever.

This brings me into my next point.  The Brewers are grooming Rob to be a relief pitcher, perhaps even a closer.  He did start four games last season, but the majority of his work came from the ‘pen.  Baseball America likes Rob so much that they predicted Rob Bryson to be the closer for the Brewers in 2011.  That’s pretty high praise from BA.  If Rob can add a few more mphs on his fastball and perhaps even develop a third pitch, he has a legitimate chance to be an impact pitcher for the Brewers in a couple years.  If he can also continue his dominance in Helena this season, expect him to be fast-tracked into Single-A ball rather quickly.  Milwaukee’s system is starved for relief pitchers, and Rob could be the gem the organization has been looking for.

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8 08 2008
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