Phillies Prospect #30: Tyson Brummett

Minor league players get to play in a number of different towns, but Tyson Brummett made an art of that last summer when he hit three different leagues in three different months to start his season.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of the 2007 Draft.
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6' 2"   Weight: 180 pounds
Birth Date: August 15, 1984
2008 Team(s): Reading (14 G), Clearwater (8 G), Lakewood (6 G)
Games/Games Started: 28 G / 28 GS
School: UCLA
2008 Ranking: 41

Why Brummett jumped to #30: After spending his first season settling in with Williamsport, Tyson Brummett was kicked into high gear in 2008 and for the most part, succeeded. Moving from Lakewood to Clearwater less than a month into the season and then making another jump in mid-June, Brummett got to see three different leagues in three different months and lived to tell about it. His stint with Double-A Reading was rough, as was his post-season assignment to the Arizona Fall League, but this is a guy who was moving very quickly and a stumble at Double-A isn't much to worry about at that point. It's also likely that he was simply wearing down by late in the season as many young pitchers tend to do in their first full season in the minors. After all, Brummett led all Phillies minor leaguers in innings pitched last season with 170.

STAT Tyson Brummett Eastern League Average
ERA 7.28 4.22
*DRA 0.34 0.57
H/9 IP 11.8 9.2
HR/9 IP 1.1 0.8
BB/9 IP 5.2 3.6
KO/9IP 5.3 7.0
KO:BB 1.02 1.90
WHIP 1.88 1.42
*WILD 20.84 14.73
*EFF 0.52 1.00
*DRA (Defensive Runs Average) - a measure of how much a pitcher was hurt by his defense. Basically, the number of runs that the defense allowed through errors. The lower this number, the less a pitcher was hurt by his defense.

*WILD (Wildness rating) - a measure of how many  "bad pitches" a pitcher made during an average game, resulting in walks, hit batters and wild pitches. The lower this number, the better for a pitcher.

*EFF (Efficiency rating) - A basic measurement of how a particular pitcher ranks among other pitchers in his particular league. The higher this number, the higher the pitcher ranked among other pitchers in his particular league.

Repertoire: Brummett seemed to lose some of the heaviness that he showed on his pitches when he was at Williamsport and gave up home runs at a much more frequent pace at Clearwater and Reading than he had shown in his prior stops. Some of that is just better hitters being able to do more with his pitches and the fact that Brummett didn't have much time to adjust to each league before he was on to the next. He's got a fastball, curve, slider and change-up that are all quality pitches for him to work with. His fastball is usually in the low-90s with an occasional boost a little higher and his curve is one of those nice 12-to-6 curves that can make hitters look pretty silly from time to time.

Pitching Style: Opposing hitters have a true opponent in Brummett. He loves the battle between pitcher and hitter, but doesn't feel the need to blow his pitches by hitters, preferring instead to just get them out in whatever way works best. When he gets a little rattled, Brummett tends to speed up his game, which throws him off balance and changes his mechanics, which only serves to get him in more trouble. Brummett always does tend to work at a pretty good rate and prefers to keep the game moving, which works well with his ground ball style of pitching. The 24 year old right-hander uses his brisk pace to help keep runners at bay and isn't afraid to keep them in check with throws over to first, making him tough to run against.

Projection: It may be good for Brummett to just settle in at Double-A Reading this season and show what he can do there over a full season. Since he was a little older when he was drafted, thanks to his commitment to getting his degree, it was probably good for him that the Phillies constantly challenged him last season. Now, he is on track and should be able to just show what he can do for the Reading Phillies. He's got decent command of all his pitches and just needs to continue developing and gaining consistency to be successful. The Phillies thought enough of him to use one of their AFL slots on him last fall and it's likely that a year from now, it will be obvious why they put so much attention on him last season.

ETA: Give this kid a full season at Reading and one at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and he should be poised to start challenging for a spot with the big league club. That's not to say he should automatically be written in for the 2011 rotation, but he'll at least be ready to challenge a little and provide some insurance at Triple-A by then.

Tyson Brummett's career stats

2007 Williamsport 5 5 3.40 15 12 76.2 71 34 29 2 14 55 1.11 .240
2008 Lakewood 3 0 1.95 6 6 37.0 28 12 8 1 10 36 1.03 .214
2008 Clearwater 2 3 3.59 8 8 52.2 52 24 21 8 13 39 1.23 .252
2008 Reading 2 9 7.28 14 14 80.1 105 68 65 10 46 47 1.88 .319
TOTALS 12 17 4.49 43 40 246.2 256 138 123 21 83 177 1.37 .266

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