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School: Fresno State; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-1; Weight: 200 pounds
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: With a propensity to swing-and-miss, Brink, who owned a career .224/.292/.299 line through his first two seasons, was pushed away from the outfield and towards the mound, a transition that began after a hugely disappointing freshman season (.223/.302/.255).
His work on the mound, however, has been nothing short of spectacular.
After beginning his career as a reliever, the big-armed righty made the shift towards the rotation in the second half of 2013. In total, he finished the year with 59.2 innings, 65 punch outs, and 25 free passes. And so the budding ace was born.
This season, his first full action in the rotation, Brink has posted a tidy 2.49 ERA to go along with decent enough peripherals (6.75 K/9 and 4.62 BB/9) given his lack of experience.
Projection: If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it thousand times – I love, love, love failed position/two-way players that convert to fulltime pitching. Typically, there’s far more projection left with far fewer miles on their arms. And Brink’s no different.
He flashed some impressive peripherals during his debut on the mound, and while those numbers have largely regressed, it’s his first time pitching out of the rotation.
Analytically, he’s a crap shoot, a long term project. But he could find himself being drafted as soon as the second round opens. Not sure if he sticks in the rotation, though any team would be foolish not to give him a couple years to figure it out. Pretty high upside though.
Ceiling: 2.0- to 2.5-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low
Draft Projection: Second/Third Round
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