MLB Draft 2015: Blue Jays pick round-up and profiles
Name: Brady Singer
School: Eustis High School (Florida)
High School: 8-3 (13 starts), 1.25 ERA, 110 K, 10 BB
As we said with Harris, the Blue Jays love big, projectable frames on a pitcher, especially when they see that pitcher exhibit a big jump in velocity, and Toronto feels like they found another one in the second round of the draft in 6-foot, 5-inch Brady Singer. Singer watched his fastball climb for the high-80’s to the mid-90’s during his senior year of high school. MLB.com also notes that Singer has a slider that is rated a step below his fastball and is currently seen as an average offering, and that he is working on a change-up, but it is far from a polished pitch.
Everything out there indicates that scouts are wary of his delivery, which features a lot of moving parts and finishes with Singer coming from a 3/4 arm slot with his elbow above the ball. While it creates a lot of run on his pitches, it could also be a precursor to arm troubles down the road. Additionally, Singer is committed to the University of Florida, but the Blue Jays drafted him earlier than most had him ranked, which could help them sell him on signing, especially with a recommended slot bonus of $1,091,200. Of course, given that they took him early, Toronto could also try to save some money here by going under slot.
The pick itself seems like a bit of a reach for a talented, yet question-mark riddled arm. The Blue Jays will hope that he’ll fill out a bit more as he develops, which should only serve to add more velocity to his electric fastball.
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