Bradenton had the top pitchers in the farm system at the start of the year, making them the team to watch. A few other pitchers stepped up, although the majority of the arms profile as future relievers. The most intriguing arm to step up this year was Casey Sadler, who made the jump from a reliever to a starter after Gerrit Cole was promoted. Bradenton had a lot of arms promoted to Altoona this year, which meant a lot of the second half innings went to organizational guys, or guys who profile as middle relievers at best.
Below are the stats from each pitcher in Bradenton, broken down by age groups. The first age group is where you'll find the majority of prospects. The second group can include prospects, but these guys are getting closer to being too old for the level. The final group is mostly organizational depth. A breakdown of each group can be found below.
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