BRAEDEN OGLE, LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: July 30, 1997
Drafted: 4th Round, 135th Overall, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Jensen Beach (FL) HS
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Ogle is a highly projectable prep lefty. He got a lot of attention when his velocity jumped to 96 early in the season, but he eventually sat at 91-93. He dropped his curve for a slider while still in high school and was also working on a change when he was drafted. By 2017, he was sitting in the mid-90s and the change had become his best secondary pitch. Ogle’s command isn’t a strong point and his mechanics probably need work. He was rated 69th in the draft class by Baseball America and 83rd by MLB.com. He was committed to the University of Florida, but he signed for $374,300 over the slot amount.
Ogle made eight starts, generally pitching well, with some control issues. Five of the eight earned runs he allowed came on one outing. He held left-handed hitters to a .345 OPS.
Ogle had an encouraging season at Bristol. He had some shaky starts early, including one in which he walked five. In his final two starts, though, he allowed no earned runs over ten innings on just five hits, with a dozen strikeouts. Opponents had just a .661 OPS against him and he was nearly as effective against right-handed as against left-handed hitters, with opponents’ OPS figures of .665 and .625, respectively. He missed his final three starts due to minor knee surgery.
Ogle opened the season in the West Virginia rotation. Despite some control problems, showed a lot of promise. After four starts, though, he went on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He had repeated setbacks during his rehab and was never able to return.
Ogle started the season in the Greensboro rotation, but after two starts the Pirates moved him to the bullpen, apparently out of concern over his workload and shoulder. He pitched well apart from some gopher ball problems. Those may have resulted from Greensboro’s HR-prone park, as five of the six he allowed came at home. The Pirates moved him up to Bradenton in late June, but he was shut down for almost six weeks at the beginning of July. He gave up three runs in his first game back, then finished the season with four perfect innings over three outings. Overall, he showed much better control and had no platoon split.
Ogle pitched well in 2019 and at least managed to put in four-fifths of a season. Whether he returns to starting remains to be seen.
|2020: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $800,000
MiLB Debut: 2016
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 10, 2016: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th round, 135th overall pick; signed on June 20.|