Acquired: Drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2011 Amateur Draft
From: The Woodlands, TX
Paden Bennett (20): Bryan Brickhouse has an electric arm. Brickhouse has an above average fastball and a solid curveball. The problem is he has had trouble being able to locate his pitches consistently. However, this is a problem for a lot of 20 year old pitchers so there is still plenty of time for him to figure this thing out. I see him starting in Lexington and beginning to put some things together this season.
Joe Cox (17): Bryan Brickhouse is a 20 year old right handed pitcher who was selected by the Royals in the third round of the 2011 draft. Brickhouse profiles a mid-90’s fastball with a plus curveball, and a change-up that is still a work in progress, but has a potential for growth. Brickhouse skipped short season rookie league and went straight to A ball last year from extended spring training. He struggled in 10 starts but still showed modest strikeout skills and had a far better FIP (3.98) than ERA (5.61). From all indications Brickhouse will have another go at it in the A league in 2013. While Brickhouse is a work in progress, scouts love him and he still possesses a high ceiling.
Damion Mandalas (22): There's a lot to like with Brickhouse, despite his lackluster 2012 campaign. Brickhouse has a plus fastball that he can dial up to 96 mph with good late life, a quality 75-79 mph curveball, with a slider and change up that have shown flashes of being plus offerings. The Royals invested $1.5 million in Brickhouse and if he can develop three quality pitches he could profile as a quality mid rotation innings eater. If he can't master his command, he could still salvage a nice Major League career as a reliever thanks to his dynamic fastball.
Dan Ware (15): Bryan Brickhouse, coming from the same high school as Jameson Taillon (Pirates top pitching prospect), contains a mid-90's fastball, a plus curve, and changeup that still needs time to develop. Most of the time, young pitchers with high velocity on the fastball will have control issues, and judging by his K/BB ratio, he's still far from Kansas City, which isn't a problem considering his age. In 2012, his groundball and flyball % were 51.4 and 23.1, respectively. I do feel that starting off in Lexington for 2013 would be the right move for Brickhouse. This will give him a chance to work on mechanics and start off fresh.
Total Points: 50