Prospect Countdown #52 : Geoff Broussard

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #52 : Right-Handed Pitcher, Geoff Broussard (photo : Jerry Espinoza)

Geoff Broussard, Right-Handed Pitcher

HT : 6'0
WT : 185
DOB : September 21, 1990 (25), in Montclair, California
Throws : Right
Bats : Left
School : California Polytechnic State University, Pomona (Pomona, CA)
Acquired : Signed as Minor League Free Agent, March 1, 2015
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked


Last off-season, Geoff Broussard received a gift. It was a quick bullpen session at his old college park, where his coach, Bret Lachemann, was watching with his father. Luckily for Broussard, the father of Bret was Marcel Lachemann, who was the special assistant to the GM for the Los Angeles Angels. After the session, father Lachemann called a fellow special assistant to the GM for the Angels in Scott Servais, who had a contract quickly mailed over to Broussard, who is now making his new path to the Majors with the Angels.


SCOUTING REPORT

There are certain marks in a career that will never show in a box score or in the game. Broussard has a work ethic and mentality that is near none other. Our buddy and former Major Leaguer, Mark Gubicza, has a remark for pitchers saying they must "hate the batter they're facing." Broussard has this mentality, and attacks every batter he faces with a hatred to get him out. He truly thrives on it.

Something else that won't show in motivation. When Broussard was released by the Phillies, he gained a new attitude to prove people wrong. He worked towards gaining new mechanics to add velocity and became a completely different pitcher.

Broussard gained a few ticks on his fastball with a simple mechanical adjustment. Early in his career, he had a leg kick near his abdomin. Now, his legs comes all the way up to his chest. In independent ball, coach - Mike Scolinos - had Broussard heighten his leg kick, to where he can use his powerful legs, allowing him to drive and push off stronger, which added velocity.

Broussard's fastball was sitting in the low 90's, ranging 89-91 most nights, and now sits 90-94, touching 95 at rare times. The added velocity also added late movement, which allows his fastball to sneak up on the batter thanks to his loose arm action.

With his leg kick and loose arm, he adds a high amount of deception in hiding the ball and allowing it to jump at the batter. He has very simple mechanics, which allows him to command all three pitches in his arsenal with ease. He is a true strike thrower and rarely misses his mark.

A pair of off-speed offerings come in Broussard's arsenal - a curveball and slider. His curveball isn't used often, and is more of a "show me" pitch. His slider has improved thanks to his velocity. It tightened up with his new mechanics, and has good swing-and-miss qualities to it.

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Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com


STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

As a senior at Cal Poly Pomona, Broussard held a 1.58 ERA and 11-1 record, while striking out 82 in 97 innings, with seven complete games and two shutouts to his mark in 12 games. Broussard earned multiple awards, such as West Region Pitcher of the Year (twice), and NCAA Division II All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and American Baseball Coaches Association.

In his professional debut, Broussard held a 2.67 ERA and 1.248 WHIP. He had 13 of his 20 appearances go scoreless, including seven straight in Short-Season A where he allowed less than a base runner per nine while holding bats to a .182 average and .432 OPS.

Broussard's sophomore campaign didn't go as well, as he finished the year between two affiliates. Only 13 of his 35 outings went scoreless, and he finished the year with a 3.59 ERA and 1.321 WHIP as he was hit hard at 10.4 hits per nine.

After his release from the Phillies, Broussard opted for Indy Ball and Sioux City of the American Association, where he played part of being a stud. He finished the year with an 8-1 record, 3.26 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, and struck out 83 in 88.1 innings. He finished the year with a trip to the Mexican Winter League where he struck out four and allowed just two hits in 6.1 innings.

Broussard could not have been better this past season in High-A, seeing a 2.42 ERA and 0.963 WHIP, while collecting 15 saves. He struck out 14.5 per nine, including a at least one strikeout in 32 of his 37 outings. He finished the year in Double-A, pitching 4.2 innings.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

Broussard will begin next season as a 25-year-old, which means if the Angels want him to reach the Majors prior to his peak they'll need to begin an aggressive approach with a good investment. He should begin next season in Double-A, and possibly be pushed to Triple-A before season's end.

There is Major League potential in Broussard's pitches and everything he brings to the table. He'll be a reliever who has minor league experience as a closer, which could mean a late inning role. We expect after two more years development, Broussard sees at least some Major League time, and will have to prove he can stick once at the top.



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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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