Prep Baseball Report

Draft League Spotlight: Brandon Birdsell

David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

Player: Brandon Birdsell
Position: RHP
School: Texas Tech

Selected by the Houston Astros in the 39th round of the 2018 MLB Draft, the 6-foot-2, 210 pound righty is a combination of power arm with developing pitchability. Birdsell shows a three pitch mix from a high slot. He’s able to consistently work his 91-95 mph fastball downhill to the bottom of the zone. Birdsell can sit 96-97 at times; he was clocked up to 99 mph this past weekend.  With more down plane than lateral life to his heater, Birdsell could benefit by working his four-seamer to the letters instead of exclusively pounding away at the knees. His 86-88 mph slider/cutter is tight and above average at times. He will also show a slower version of his breaking pitch in the low-80s range with similar shape and action and flashes an average changeup a 83-85 mph with fastball arm speed.


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