Angels Draft Interview: Ryan Brasier

A former catcher in high school, Ryan Brasier is the epitome of upside. He has a scant amount of innings on his arm but will hit the mid to upper nineties with his fastball.

I have to admit it has been tough finding much information about you.

Ryan Brasier: I only threw 28 innings at Weatherford and didn't get nearly as many as I wanted to. I couldn't even tell you my stats, honestly.

If I remember right, your coach was telling me you are a former catcher and when you tried to go to the mound there was no one at your high school that could catch you?

Ryan Brasier: I didn't get to pitch much in high school because there wasn't anyone who could catch me.

Based on that, it sounds like you are the epitome of raw from a development standpoint.

Ryan Brasier: Oh yea, definitely. Not many innings pitched all through high school and last year.

Talk a little about your pitches and the speeds you throw at.

Ryan Brasier: My fastball sits 92-95 MPH consistently. Curveball 74-78, and changeup is 82-84.

When I talked to your coach he mentioned you were also throwing a slider. Is this true?

Ryan Brasier: They started getting me to throw a slider but most of the teams I talked to once I got done with school like my curveball more than my slider. My coach didn't like it so I wasn't going to throw it but more people have said they liked my curveball more than my slider.

You get taken in the sixth-round. Was that a spot you felt comfortable being taken?

Ryan Brasier: Everybody I talked to indicated fifth, sixth, and seventh-round is where I would probably go.

Now that you are set to start your professional career, what do you look forward to the most?

Ryan Brasier: Just getting the opportunity to go play and try and make the bug leagues.

Is it also a situation where now you will be with a coaching staff, many of whom have been in the major leagues, will be giving you advice you could never get anywhere else?

Ryan Brasier: That is one reason I am going to go and not go back to school or try and get more money. Money is not really a big deal – it is but it isn't. If you go to a D-1 and don't produce you don't play. Going to rookie ball in a minor league system they have people there that can teach you stuff that no one anywhere else can.

What do you feel you need to improve on?

Ryan Brasier: Off-speed. I have not had anybody really show me how to pitch. I received a little bit of instruction at Weatherford. I know my mechanics probably aren't right. My fastball jumps but my off-speed pitches need the most work.

Your coach also mentioned that you can already hit 98 MPH on the gun. Is there a thought that you can hit 100 MPH at some point as you get cleaned up?

Ryan Brasier: That is what a lot of the teams that were talking to me were interested in. With the right mechanics they said who knows how hard I could be throwing consistently. With the right mechanics I could jump up three or four MPH consistently.

When did it all click for you that you realized that pitch you just threw looked pretty fast – ‘I wonder how fast.'

Ryan Brasier: My sophomore year – I had never pitched before my sophomore year. I went out in the summer and was throwing in a game because we were winning and they did not want to waste the arms. They said ‘throw as hard as you can' because I had a pretty good arm behind the plate. They said go out there and try to throw strikes and throw hard. I went out there and was throwing 86-88. Then after that I got back to school and my coach asked if I wanted to close. I closed a little bit and in the playoffs of that year – the second pitch of the game in the playoffs of game three with 2,000 people there – that was one of those pitches where I was like, ‘Wow, I wonder how hard that was.' We had a good catcher my sophomore year and that is one of the reasons I pitched. I didn't pitch during the year but started throwing in the playoffs and pitched two games that year and was hitting the mid-90s.

In junior college we would play 18 innings in the fall and I would catch the first eight and then close the last two in the next game. I had a whole lot of attention after the fall and decided to hang up the catching gear and just pitch.

Did catching help you in your transition to the mound?

Ryan Brasier: I guess knowing what you want to throw and when to throw it – to that extent. But, it might have hurt me mechanically.

What is it about the game of baseball that you love so much?

Ryan Brasier: Everything – competing, I don't know where to start. I have wanted it since I can remember to just get the opportunity. That is all I wanted to do to get a chance and play in the big leagues. Far down I knew I would get here.

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