BBB Top Prospect Countdown #12: Brady Lail
Brady Lail checks into the BBB’s top prospect list at number 12. Since being selected in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB draft, the would-be University of Arizona pitcher has risen through the ranks of the Yankees farm system. Lail has pieced together solid seasons including a 2015 campaign going 10-6 with a 2.91 ERA over 148.1 innings that landed him in triple-A Scranton by the end of the year. Lail looks to continue where he left off and potentially make it to the Bronx before 2016 is all said and done.
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Lail came into professional baseball with a fastball that sat in the lower 90s and a curveball that was projected to be his go-to strikeout pitch. Although his fastball has not progressed in velocity, his control over his pitches has allowed him to mow down hitters across all levels of minor league ball. Lail burst onto the scene in 2012 pitching to an ERA of 1.42, albeit in just 12.2 innings.
He would follow that up with a stellar 2013 season going 5-1 with an ERA of 2.92 in 61.2 innings across 12 starts (14 total appearances). And in 2014, Lail would impress with an overall record of 11-5 with hitters batting .262 against him. However, as he has reached higher levels of the minor leagues, one area of concern is his low-end strikeout numbers.
Despite only striking out 5.2 batters per nine innings pitched, Lail would still enjoy an even more successful 2015 year. His WHIP was elevated due to an increased number of walks, but after reaching Scranton (and making 7 starts there with mediocre results), Lail was still able to cement his place on the triple-A roster come opening day of 2016.
With Lail starting the season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, he has his sights set on reaching the Bronx by the end of 2016. Potentially, Lail could make it as a September call-up with injuries and subtractions to the 40-man roster and a solid showing in AAA forcing his way onto the 40-man.
Upon making it to the big leagues, Lail has various projections across the board with some projecting him to be a versatile reliever, with others see him with a middle of the rotation upside. Ultimately, Lail should work his way into a major league rotation whether he is a back-end or middle of the rotation type of pitcher. His 4 pitch arsenal of a fastball, curveball, change-up and cutter should give him the boost he needs to get to the MLB and stick when he finally makes it. Overall, I’m a believer in Brady Lail and I’m excited to continue tracking his progression.
You can view his minor league stats here.
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Article by: Chad Raines
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