Bryce Brentz Tracker

BRYCE BRENTZ
OF/P, Middle Tennessee State
Age: 21
Born: December 30, 1988
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Class: Junior
Level: NCAA Division I

Advisor: N/A

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SCOUTING REPORT
Bryce Brentz has been getting a lot of recognition as a first round talent, especially after hitting an NCAA division I leading .465 average in 2009, along with 28 homers, which tied for the division I lead.  Brentz also posted an amazing 1.471 OPS, and saw his strikeout ratio drop, while his walk ratio rose from his freshman campaign.  His hitting skills come from his quick wrists, which allows him to hit for above-average power to all fields, with his left field power being the best.

On defense he has some range for a corner outfield spot, although he probably doesn’t have the range for left field at PNC Park.  Brentz started his college career as a pitcher, and his strong arm allows him to be capable in right field.  There are some who feel he might be better suited for first base, especially if he adds some weight to his frame, but he at least has the chance for some positional flexibility.

Brentz isn’t a likely choice for the Pirates at the number two spot.  To start the season, Brentz was rated number 15 overall by Baseball America, and didn’t even qualify for Jonathan Mayo’s top 20 list. A lot can change up until the draft, but the Pirates picking Brentz with the number two pick would be a similar move to drafting Tony Sanchez with the number four pick, with the only difference being that it would be hard to justify the move with talent like Bryce Harper or Anthony Ranaudo guaranteed to be there with the second pick.

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PREVIOUS DRAFT HISTORY
2007: Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 30th round, 917th overall pick.

    2010 DRAFT RANKINGS
    Baseball America: #15 Overall (2/14/2010)

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