Phillies Prospect #41: Tyson Brummett

Tyson Brummett is always willing to listen. He took the advice of his parents and pursued a college career and now, he's taking the advice of coaches as he looks to impress in the Phillies minor league system.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of the 2007 Draft.

B: T: R  /  Height: 6' 2"  /  Weight: 180 lbs.

Birth Date: August 15, 1984

2007 Team: Williamsport (15 g)

Games/Games Started in 2007: 15 g / 12 gs

School: UCLA

Scouts saw Tyson Brummett develop right before their eyes at UCLA. He went from being just a pretty well respected junior college transfer to a Friday starter at UCLA. He went from an solid, but undrafted pitcher to a very highly respected showcase pitcher for one of the best programs in the country that led him to the Phillies organization in last June's draft. In college, he pitched against and beat some of the best starters in the country, including Wes Roemer (Cal State Fullerton), Barry Enright (Pepperdine), Preston Guilmet (Arizona) and Tyson Ross (California) in his senior season with UCLA.

This is a kid who took the advice of his parents and agents and stuck with school, rather than try to reach the pros before he was ready. That doesn't mean that he wasn't disappointed when he went undrafted after his junior season, but he was still realistic. He used that disappointment and turned it into a drive that led him to the 6th round the following June.

Repertoire: As a junior, Brummet was basically a two-pitch right-hander with just average velocity. When his senior season ended, he had pushed his fastball to the low-90 mph range and had a curve, slider and change-up that were all at least average, to go with a hard, sinking fastball. His pitches tend to be heavy and hard to hit for any distance and resulted in almost two ground ball outs for every fly ball out that he recorded last season. Even with his command and the fact that he's got four pitches to choose from, Brummett doesn't feel the need to strikeout every hitter that he faces and will let his fielder's do their job behind him. His change-up is especially tough on left-handed hitters and he used it to confine lefties to a .219 average last season.

Pitching Style: Spending his senior season as UCLA's top starter brought a confidence to Brummett that had been lacking prior to that season. Now, he's an extremely confident pitcher who is poised on the mound and doesn't back down from any hitters that he has to face.

Projection: Brummett is likely more prepared to be a starter than a reliever. He struggled in clutch situations last season, allowing opponents to hit .288 against him with runners in scoring position and .282 with runners in scoring position and two outs. They figure to let him pitch as a starter in 2008 when he'll possibly open the season on the Lakewood roster rather than wait for another turn in the New York - Penn League. Occasionally, just occasionally, the Phillies challenge a pitcher with a quick jump and Brummett could be the one this season, which would put him at Clearwater to start the year.

Tyson Brummett's career stats

2007 Williamsport 5 5 3.40 0 15 12 76.2 71 34 29 2 14 55 1.11 .240

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