Rangers Prospect #17: Jacob Brigham

The Rangers' sixth round pick in the 2006 draft, 18-year-old Jacob Brigham turned heads quickly with an impressive debut in the Arizona Rookie League.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Jacob Brigham
Position: Starting Pitcher
DOB: February 10, 1988
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Jacob Brigham entered the 2006 season as one of the top draft prospects in the state of Florida. However, the righty struggled with mechanics and command in his senior season of high school, causing his draft stock to fall.

The Rangers were able to snag Brigham in the sixth round of the 2006 amateur draft. The club eventually signed him for a bonus of $200,000, the largest of the round.

Shortly after signing with the Rangers, the right-hander reported to the Rookie League Arizona Rangers in Surprise. Brigham quickly reverted to his old form, as his velocity was back up and he was throwing strikes with consistency. The native of Winter Garden, Florida, wound up posting a 3.70 earned run average in 58.1 innings.

Brigham's peripheral statistics were even more impressive than his ERA. The righty struck out 58 in his 58.1 innings and held opposing hitters to a paltry .236 average. He also got better as the season progressed. Brigham posted a 2.27 ERA over his final nine appearances, spanning 39.2 frames.

Repertoire: Fastball, Slider, Curveball, Changeup.

Brigham featured four pitches in high school, but two have a chance to become plus pitches in the Major Leagues. Brigham's fastball is one of them. The right-hander's heater sits in the low-90's – reaching up to 94 MPH – with good downward motion. His other above-average offering is his slider, which sits in the low-80's. Brigham's slider is his bread-and-butter.

Projection: The native Floridian projects as a starting pitcher in the Major Leagues. However, at just 19 years of age, it is difficult to say exactly how high his ceiling is. It is safe to say that Brigham currently projects as a back of the rotation starter, but the development of a solid third pitch (curveball or changeup) could lead to much bigger things.

2007 Outlook: The Rangers can do one of two things with Brigham in 2007. The first option is to have the righty work in extended Spring Training and send him to Short-Season Spokane when they start up in mid-June. The second choice is for the Rangers to send Brigham to Single-A Clinton straight out of Spring Training. Brigham will more than likely begin the season in Clinton, but the club recently announced that they will be less aggressive when it comes to promoting pitchers. It would not be a surprise to see him start with the Spokane Indians.

ETA: 2011.

Year Team W-L IP H BB SO ERA
2006 AZL Rangers (RK) 2-6 58.1 54 19 58 3.70

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