Sean Brady is a Young Pitcher with Potential
Laurel Wilder | On 09, Feb 2016
One major thing the Cleveland Indians had going for them last season was a strong pitching staff; specifically, their starting rotation was one of the best in the game.
Luckily, that depth doesn’t end with the big league roster. The Indians boast a strong group of pitchers all the way through their minor league system, with some of the strongest having been showcased last season with the Lake County Captains.
The Lake County pitching staff last season became the first staff in the history of the Captains organization to have five pitchers boast 100+ strikeouts on the season. Among these five pitchers was a 21-year-old from Cape Coral, Florida, named Sean Brady.
Brady was drafted by the Indians organization in the fifth round of the 2013 Amateur Draft out of Ida Baker High School. He had committed to play baseball at the University of Florida, a commitment which the Indians sought to make less appealing by offering Brady an $800,000 signing bonus. The deal was settled, and Brady joined the Indians organization at age 18. He played ten games in Arizona with the organization in his first season, throwing 32 innings and notching 30 strikeouts.
Brady played with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2014, starting 14 games and earning a 2.79 ERA. He struck out 44 batters and walked 27 in 71 innings of work and made one appearance for the Lake County Captains that season, going two and two-thirds innings while striking out two and walking two.
Brady spent his entire 2015 campaign in Eastlake with the Captains, cementing himself as one of the strongest pitchers on the staff. In 146 1/3 innings in 26 starts, Brady struck out 118 batters, walked 29, and ended the season with a 3.81 ERA.
Brady certainly has the tools that the Indians – or any team, in reality – could look for in a starting pitcher. He’s left handed, throws for strikes, and has the ability to pitch deep into a ballgame. His one deterrent to Major League success could be his size, as Brady is six feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. In order to maintain that power as a starter, Brady will have to work on maximizing his talent and increasing his physical foundation, including arm strength. He could be moved to the bullpen should his size become a hindrance and he not be able to harness his raw talent alone.
The coming season will be helpful in showing where Brady’s talents may manifest as his career moves forward. The starter will likely begin the season with the Lynchburg Hillcats and may, depending on how the pitching shakes out at higher levels, even get a taste of Akron at some point in 2016. Depending on his progression, he may even be a good leverage piece in a trade to an organization that is lacking in pitching depth. Either way, Brady is an asset for the Indians organization, and he is sure to continue to grow in his upcoming seasons.
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