Left-hander Brady Endl had a productive first full season in the Braves' organization in 2005. He was 6-7 with a 3.39 ERA in 20 games started, with 87 hits allowed in 109 innings pitched, 61 walks, and 101 strikeouts.
His 2005 season ended with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, but the Braves were very impressed with his season.
Here are some comments made last summer by Bruce Dal Canton, Endl's pitching coach in Myrtle Beach.
Brady, being a college guy, is a little bit more mature than many of the others. I know Dayton Moore told me (in spring training) that if there was a guy we could push from the Danville club it probably would be Brady. After watching him perform in spring training, I had to agree with him. He's just a little bit ahead of the rest of the pitchers that they were considering for this level. He's gone about his business in a very professional manner, and again he's a good hard worker, and he's not afraid to throw the ball in the strike zone. Again, this is a big jump when you skip a whole level, even though he was a college pitcher. He's adjusted very well. He'll show you four good pitches that he can get over the plate. He's just got to be more consistent in the strike zone. His walks are the big things. But I think that's going to improve with more experience. He'll learn how to be more consistent in the strike zone.
Endl is a six-foot-five, 235 pound lefty who will turn 24 on April 14. He was selected in the 10th round of the 2004 draft after being named the Division III Player of the Year playing for the Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks.
Click here to listen to our interview with Brady Endl. The podcast is titled "Brady Endl Interview" and was published March 14, 2006.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.
Audio Podcast: Brady Endl Interview
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