Orioles Prospect Profile #12: Parker Bridwell

How will Bridwell fare in his second full season in the minors?

Parker Bridwell

Position: RHP

Height: 6'4”

Weight: 190 lbs

Born: 8/2/1991

Bats: Right

Throws Right:

Background:

The Orioles ninth round selection in the 2010 draft, Bridwell was taken out of Hereford High School in Texas.

A three sport star in high school (football, baseball & basketball) the right-handed prospect's focus is on baseball as he chases his dream to make it to the big league level.

Bridwell struggled in his first full season in 2011 as he posted a 2-8 mark and a 5.26 ERA in 17 starts between Aberdeen and Delmarva.

Scouting Report:

Bridwell has a long, athletic build with great potential. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot and falls off to first base. He is quick to home plate in his delivery, which helps successfully throw out base runners at a higher rate.

The 20-year-old throws a fastball that sits in the 90-95 mph range with a lot of downward action to it. He also touts a curveball, changeup and cutter.

The curveball is in the developing stages. His arm generates heavy spin, which if he can find a consistent release point, will be an above-average pitch.

Bridwell's changeup is a fell pitch for him. He needs to make sure the delivery of it is similar to his fastball. The changeup makes hitters swing early and miss as they believe a fastball is coming. If he continues to develop the pitch, it could be an effective strikeout weapon.

The cutter works really well with his sinking fastball if Bridwell has both pitches working on any given night. If the sinking fastball and the cutter are effective, then hitters will have to adjust to what is coming. The consistency factor is going to be the question. His fastball has so much movement that hitters will have a lot of trouble getting a hold of it as long as he keeps the pitch down below the knees.

Performance

                                                                                                                           

Level

Team

Games

Starts

W

L

ERA

K

BB

K/9

SO/BB

A-

Aberdeen

12

11

2

5

4.53

57

22

9.6

2.59

A

Delmarva

5

5

0

3

7.06

13

13

5.4

1.00


Health Record

Bridwell has not suffered any known injuries since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Future

The future looks bright for the Texas native, but he has to tackle one level at a time especially since he was drafted out of high school.

There is no reason to rush the youngster as he most likely starts the regular season with Delmarva and by the all-star break could be promoted to high-A Frederick.


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