Brad Case

BRAD CASE, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: September 13, 1996
Height: 6′ 7″
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 17th Round, 504th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: Rollins College
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

Case is a very tall pitcher.  He was listed by MLB.com at 6′ 6″, but is listed on the Rollins baseball page at 6′ 7″.  He had a 3.46 ERA in 96.1 innings in 2018, with a 74:16 K:BB ratio.  The strikeouts actually took a dip from 2017, dropping from 102 in 90.2 innings.  There wasn’t a lot of information on Case, between the small school and the fact that he wasn’t listed in BA’s top 500 or its Florida rankings.  The big frame makes him intriguing, especially since he’s also shown good control.  The Pirates sent him initially to the Gulf Coast League, so they must view him as something of a project.  In his early games in the GCL, he was throwing a four-seam fastball at 94 mph, a two-seamer at 89-91, and a slider that he threw from a three-quarters arm slot.  The slider is his out pitch, and he also throws a cutter and change.

2018
R:  3-0-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 40.0 IP, 0.9 BB/9, 7.4 K/9
R+:  1-1-0, 3.72 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 9.2 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 4.7 K/9
A-:  1-0-0, 1.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 1.8 BB/9, 3.6 K/9

Case initially pitched out of the rotation in the GCL, as the Pirates wanted him to make some mechanical changes.  He was shaky at first, but dominated in his last three games.  The Pirates moved him up to Bristol for two starts, one of which went well and one of which didn’t.  He finished his season with a start at West Virginia.

2019
A:  7-1-0, 2.45 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 66.0 IP, 0.4 BB/9, 6.8 K/9
A+:  5-5-0, 4.29 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 71.1 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 7.3 K/9

The Pirates put Case in the rotation at Greensboro, a surprising move for a dark horse draft pick, but the move worked out.  Case was very successful there and earned a mid-season promotion to Bradenton, a lot of it by simply not walking anybody.  He also benefited from an extremely low batting average on balls in play of .221.  Even with the unsustainable BABIP, his xFIP was good, at 3.38.  Case had more trouble at Bradenton, with opponents batting .264 against him, as opposed to .195 at Greensboro.  He also had some trouble with gopher balls, allowing 11.  He had no platoon split on the year.

Case so far has been a very interesting late-round find for the Pirates.  He’ll probably go back to Bradenton to open 2020.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2020: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $100,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round, 504th overall pick; signed on June 11.