Name: Brad Halsey
DOB: February 14, 1981
Height: 6' 1"
College: University of Texas
How Acquired: The New York Yankees selected LHP, Brad Halsey in the 8th round (246th Overall) in the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft.
Brad Halsey began his impressive baseball career that he is now riding through the Yankee Farm System at the University of Texas. He was outstanding on the mound at this prestigious college. In his last year there, Halsey made his final push for the approaching 2002 MLB Draft. He certainly made the most of it as he posted a 7-2 record with a solid 2.76 ERA in 17 starts. Halsey also only walked 26 batters as oppose to his 82 strikeouts in 98 innings of work in 2002. Being that the New York Yankees are always on the lookout for a young lefthander like Brad Halsey, he obviously caught their attention. In fact, he drew their attention enough that Halsey was selected in the eight round (246th Overall) in the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft. He was immediately assigned to the Yankees short season season league team, the Staten Island Yankees.
After joining Staten Island, Brad Halsey did not seem to miss a beat as he was outstanding in his first professional season. There, he went 6-1 with a minuscule 1.93 ERA while walking 17 and striking out 53 as well. He also compiled a fantastic 1.00 WHIP. He quickly became one of the best pitchers on that young pitching staff. But, as the next season of 2003 would approach, Halsey would be called upon to take on a much bigger challenge as he would get himself a well earned promotion. The lefty would be headed all the way up to high A Tampa.
As he started off the season in high A ball with Tampa, it was obvious that he was very highly thought of in the organization. Mostly because of the fact that the Yankee organization is normally much more slow and methodical about bringing their young prospects along. However, this was not the case with Brad Halsey. Halsey did not make the decision look bad though as he posted absolutely outstanding statistics as he spent the first portion of the season in the Florida State League. The University of Texas graduate went an impressive 10-4 with a 3.43 ERA in thirteen starting appearances. Another impressive note for Halsey is that in 84 innings of work, he walked only 14 batters while striking out 56. Because of his outstanding performance, Halsey was then promoted again, this time to AA Trenton. However, it would not be quite as sweet for Halsey there. He went 7-5 with a merely decent 4.93 ERA in 91 innings pitched. Despite ending the 2003 season on a slightly sour note, he still earned a promotion to AAA Columbus for the 2004 season.
At this point, it could only be the beginning of what would be a quick rise to top prospect status for Brad Halsey. Despite the concern that Halsey could have trouble at the next level due to the very small amount of strikeouts he normally has, this does not seem to derail him. For that matter, just ask Jamie Moyer how important being a hard thrower and picking up strikeouts are. He is off to a fantastic first half in Columbus with a 7-2 record to go along with an outstanding 2.57 ERA. As a result of that, he earned a start in Los Angeles on Saturday against the Dodgers. He pitched fantastic as he went 5 2/3 innings, surrendering two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three. He was all the Yankees could have asked for and more. Now, all of a sudden with such an good outing, many opportunities could open up for Halsey over the next few months.
*Stats as of 6/19
|2002||Staten Island Yankees||6||1||1.93||11||10||0||56.0||39||15||12||0||17||53||1.00|
Repertoire. Fastball, Slider, Changeup, Splitter
Fastball. Brad Halsey is not a hard thrower, so do not expect him to blow anyone away with it. His heater is normally in the high 80's range but can sometimes touch the low 90's. He can control this pitch very well and has excellent command overall. Needs to keep it on the corners of the plate.
Other Pitches. There is no doubting the depth of Brad Halsey's repertoire as he has four very solid pitches. First, his slider is widely considered to be his best pitch. It is more of a slow slider that breaks away from the lefties and down and in on the righties. The little strikeouts he does get come on this pitch primarily. He has always thrown a good splitter that dives down and away from a right-handed hitter. However, Halsey felt the need to develop his changeup better and many scouts believe that him doing that has put him over the edge as a starting pitcher. Has excellent command of all his pitches.
Pitching. You wouldn't think that a pitcher that does not throw very hard like Brad Halsey would be very aggressive. However, he is just that. His reputation has made him well known as a fearless man on the mound and he comes right after the batters. Halsey is normally always around the plate and relies on getting ground balls and pop ups.
Projection. It does not appear that Brad Halsey is a number one or two starter. However, it is very possible that he could end up as a very serviceable middle of the rotation starting pitcher.
ETA. Late 2004. Well, he is in the major leagues right now but it does not appear that his stay is going to be a long term affair. His role was to make a spot start on Saturday but by the end of the season, he could have an outside chance of making the Yankee rotation after pitching well Saturday. Also, he could be a part of a Yankee trade as well. Either way it appears that he will be Major League ready, if not now, soon.