2012 Draft Scouting Report: Brady Rodgers

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look college pitcher, Brady Rodgers.

Name: Brady Rodgers
Position: Pitcher
School: Arizona State
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 198
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Cal @ ASU

Physical Description

Rodgers is a strong, solidly built athlete. He shows good agility on the mound and fields his position well. There's a little room for him to add some strength, but for the most part he's physically mature and will look about the same for the long haul.


Rodgers comes over the top in his delivery and does an outstanding job of repeating his release point. And, this comes from his highly repeatable overall delivery. He gathers exceptionally well at his balance point and rarely falls out of his mechanical rhythm. He's a strike throwing machine because of this consistent delivery.


Working mostly at 90-91 mph with his fastball, Rodgers isn't going to blow away pro hitters. He tops out around 92 mph and will dip to 88-90 at times, but the location and late movement are good enough to allow him to induce weak contact and get some quick outs. The key to Rodgers' entire attack is his outstanding fastball command.


A big separating factor for Rodgers' is his ability to spot his secondary pitches. And, his quality solid-average curveball is a significant part of that. Thrown at 74-76 mph, he's able to drop it in the backdoor against left-handed batters and gets some swings and misses against righties as well.


You could make the case that the changeup is Rodgers' most effective pitch. Thrown at 80-83 mph, it shows good two-seam fade and he keeps his arm speed up quite well. It may not be a true swing and miss offering, but he induces a lot of ground balls and off balance swings.


Taking Rodgers for exactly what he is is very important. He's not a dominant, front end type pitcher. What he may be, however, is a strike throwing machine who could move up the ladder quickly and be a quality fourth starter in the big leagues in a hurry.

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