Prospect Profile: Brendan Wise

Brendan Wise flew under the radar coming into the 2005 draft, as a native Australian pitching in JuCo, he hadn't built up a name for himself. That didn't matter to the Tigers, who believe they have found themselves a gem in Wise.

Brendan Wise
Position: Right Handed Pitcher Height: 6-2 Weight: 190
Born: 1/9/1986 Bats: Right Throws: Right

A Perth, Australia native, Wise joins the Tigers after having spent one year at Pratt Community College, and several years participating in high level Australian baseball leagues. In his one season stateside, Wise was named Jayhawk West First Team All-Conference. The Tigers, and particularly Area Scout Steve Taylor were extremely impressed with Wise. The organization did plenty of digging into his background and performances while in Australia, and felt they were getting a steal in this year's draft. Because of his age and relative inexperience, Wise joined the Gulf Coast League Tigers, where he steadily improved as the season progressed. After a very solid final month, Brendan finished the season with a 4.87 ERA in 10 starts (53 innings).

Scouting Report
Despite his youth and inexperience, Wise boasts outstanding control and a determination to challenge hitters that will almost guarantee success as he moves up. He spots his 90-92 mph fastball very well, and gets late, exploding life that keeps hitters off balance. Brendan can reach back for more if necessary, touching 94 with some regularity. With a full year of extensive strength and conditioning under his belt, Wise will likely gain 2-3 mph on his fastball. Brendan compliments his fastball with a solid average curveball, and a developing change. Wise's curveball has good late depth, and swift bite, but he lacks control and consistency with the pitch. His change-up has shown flashes of being a third above-average pitch, but needs considerable work. While at Pratt, Wise toyed with a slider, but never gained consistency with it. He is a good athlete who repeats his delivery well, and fields his position at an average level. Wise has the makings of a complete pitcher who could be a solid #2 or #3 starter down the line.














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Health Record
Wise has been healthy and injury-free to this point of his baseball career.

The Future
Wise's spring performance will determine where he goes to start the 2006 season. With a good, consistent spring, Brendan could start next season with an aggressive assignment to West Michigan. The more likely scenario involves Wise remaining in extended spring training, before joining the short-season Oneonta Tigers. Every part of Wise's game improved as he became acclimated to professional ball, and if he can continue such a trend, he will shoot up this list quickly. Wise understands the daunting task ahead of him and knows he will have to work hard to achieve his considerable potential. His work ethic is such that there is little doubt he will work hard, it's just a matter of whether or not his complimentary pitches will take the next step.

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