Jake Brentz

JAKE BRENTZ, LEFT HANDED PITCHER
Born: September 14, 1994
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 195
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 11th Round, 325th Overall, 2013 (Blue Jays)
How Acquired: Trade (from Mariners for Arquimedes Caminero)
High School: Parkway South HS (Manchester, MO)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Jays drafted Brentz as a high-risk, high-reward pick and paid him an above-slot bonus.  He throws his fastball 90-95, reaching 96 or 97.  He’s shown some feel for a change, but needs to work on his curve.  His command has a long ways to go, which isn’t surprising because he’s a converted outfielder who hasn’t been pitching for long.  The Pirates acquired Brentz as one of two players to be named later for Arquimedes Caminero.

2013
R:  0-0-0, 10.57 ERA, 2.22 WHIP, 7.2 IP, 14.1 BB/9, 9.4 K/9

Brentz got into nine games after signing.  Obviously, he had significant trouble throwing strikes.  Baseball America nevertheless ranked him as the Jays’ 28th best prospect after the season.

2014
R:  1-3-2, 4.08 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 39.2 IP, 5.9 BB/9, 7.7 K/9

The Jays sent Brentz back to rookie ball and he made some progress with the strike zone in a dozen games, six starts.

2015
R+ (Tor):  0-1-0, 4.09 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 22.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 6.5 K/9
A- (Sea):  1-1-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 14.0 IP, 5.1 BB/9, 9.0 K/9

Brentz made six starts in advanced rookie ball with Toronto before being traded to Seattle in a deadline deal.  Seattle moved him up a level and he pitched better there.  After the season, BA rated him the Mariners’ 25th best prospect.

2016
A-:  1-1-0, 5.08 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 33.2 IP, 7.5 BB/9, 9.4 K/9
A:  3-1-0, 4.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 10.1 IP, 5.2 BB/9, 12.2 K/9
AAA:  0-0-0, 16.20 ERA, 2.40 WHIP, 1.2 IP, 10.8 BB/9, 5.4 K/9

In mid-June, Brentz made what were probably a pair of fill-in appearances in AAA, pitching a scoreless inning in one and struggling in the other.  The Mariners then sent him back to the short-season Northwest League.  Pitching mostly as a starter, he struggled there, with very high walk and K rates.  In August, Seattle moved Brentz up to low A and used him out of the bullpen.  He did much better there, although control remained an issue.  On September 1, Brentz became a PTBNL in the Caminero trade, but not in time to see any action with the Pirates.

Brentz will be a project for the Pirates, albeit one with a good deal of upside.  It’ll be interesting to see whether they try him as a starter and whether they send him to Bradenton to open the 2017 season.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2017: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $700,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2013: Drafted in the 11th round, 325th overall, by the Toronto Blue Jays; signed on July 12.
July 31, 2015: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Nick Wells and Rob Rasmussen to the Seattle Mariners for Mark Lowe.
August 6, 2016: Traded by the Seattle Mariners with Pedro Vasquez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Arquimedes Caminero; identified as player to be named later on September 1.

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