Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Scouting the 2018 Draft: Brady Singer
No sooner had the 2018 draft order been settled than Baseball America published their first Mock Draft with RHP Brady Singer going #1 overall to the Detroit Tigers. By the way, BA had the Giants taking HS RHP Ethan Hankins at #2. Between now and the draft, Singer will play his junior season for the Florida Gators college team.
Brady Singer was drafted in the second round out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays who didn't like something they saw in his physical and he ended up not signing and going to college. He pitched well out of the Gators bullpen his freshman year then stepped not the rotation last season giving Florida tremendous pitching depth. He really stepped it up in the College playoffs and World Series with a string of dominant starts. Here are Singer's college stat lines:
2016: 2-2, 4.95, 43.2 IP, 17 BB, 38 K.
2017: 9-5, 3.21, 126 IP, 32 BB, 129 K.
Singer stands 6'5", 200 lbs. He throws a mid-90's FB, a sharp slider and a changeup. On video, he has a rather abrupt acceleration, a medium length stride and a whippy low 3/4 delivery that is somewhat on the violent side with an abrupt deceleration. I"m no expert on pitching mechanics but I don't see a lot of leg drive and I do see a lot of stress on the arm, especially the shoulder. I have seen his arm angle compared to Aaron Nola and I agree, but his tempo is much faster than Nola's.
The arm angle should create a lot of ball movement, especially for his slider, which I could see being romoesque, but I worry about the durability of what looks like a high stress delivery. Keith Law sees him as a future reliever, probably due to the effort in the delivery.
I would project Brady Singer to be the most likely player in the draft to make the quickest impact at the MLB level, but I worry about the durability.