Prospect Countdown: #23 Brad Bergesen

Brad Bergesen made short work of the Sally League and ended his age 22 season in High-A Frederick's rotation. Read on to get a detailed scouting report of the young right-hander.

The Stats

DOB: 09/25/1985

B-L/T-R

HT: 6-0 WT: 145 POS: SP

Delmarva Shorebirds/Frederick Keys - (25 G, 25 GS, 150.2 ip, 3.52 ERA, 108 K, 26 BB, 7 HR, 2.17 GO/AO)

Background

After the Wade Townsend fiasco, Brad Bergesen became the highest drafted pitcher the Orioles were able to sign in the 2004 draft. He took a huge step towards prospectdom in 2007, pitching well across two levels of A-ball.

Scouting Report

Bergesen's arsenal begins with a lively 88-92 MPH sinker that he commands well low in the zone. He also has a changeup that has splitter action and has good movement. His slider is solid, if unspectacular. He's definitely more of a command guy than a power pitcher and he got into trouble in high-A Frederick when he let his sinker get up in the zone.

Coaches rave about Bergesen's pitchability and he keeps them on their toes with lots of questions about his craft. His ceiling is as a Brad Radke-type middle-of-the-rotation starter, but he'll have to improve his command from good to excellent to reach it. He's better against right-handers than lefties at this point, but he has the stuff and aptitude to iron that out.

Timetable

Bergesen is entering his age 23 season and the right-hander should start out in Frederick's rotation. With a good start, he should have no problem ending the season in double-A Bowie. Young pitchers are all injury risks, but Bergesen has a solid frame and sound mechanics. Most scouts picture him as a durable back-of-the-rotation type and he could be up in Baltimore as soon as late-2009.

Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via e-mail at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com


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