Written by Tony Pente
|#18 - Parker Bridwell - RHP|
|6-4||190||R||R||8/2/91||9th Rd (2010)|
Scouting Grades - Definitions
|Major League Target Date||Mid-2015|
2012 Stats - Full stats
Bio: A consensus top ten prospect coming into the season, this lanky right-handed put together what can only be described as a brutal season in Delmarva last season. He pitched most of the year at 20-years old which is still on the younger side of the league average, but there are few positives that he can take out of last season besides staying relatively healthy. He walked too many guys, gave up too many hits, didn't get ground ball outs, and didn't strikeout nearly as many hitters that anyone would have like to have seen. Allowed five or more runs in six of his 22 starts including two beat downs where he was allowed to give up nine runs in three and a third innings on June 3rd and 11 runs, 10 earned in four and two third innings of work on July 7th. Command was a serious problem all year as he walked three or more batters in 12 of his 22 starts.
Stuff: Bridwell still posses a 91-94 MPH fastball that can touch 95 and 96 on occasion but his velocity falls off as he gets deeper in the game until he holds steady in the 89-92 range by the 3rd inning. He's still trying to find a decent breaking pitch as his slider and curve can morph together at times. He'll throw a decent change occasionally, but like his other pitches, he needs to improve it's command. He didn't command any of his pitches very often and didn't show an out pitch very often.
Pitchability and Intangibles: Bridwell was one of the few pitchers in the system that reportedly was not comfortable with Pitching Director Rick Petersen's techniques. It seemed the Orioles decided to let him sink a bit in 2012 in order to get him to accept some new ideas. He reportedly was not very focused at times and struggled with his first sustained failure of his career. Bridwell's lower half is very skinny and he could benefit from a serious lower half strength program over the winter.
Conclusion: With as much failure as Bridwell had last season, the hope is he'll come back in 2013 with a different attitude and lower half. Bridwell has the raw arm strength and at times has flashed plus stuff, so it's way too early to count him out as a prospect. Some scouts believe he might eventually be better suited as a bullpen arm where he may be able to sit in the mid to high 90s in short stints. Most likely the Orioles will continue to use him as a starter in 2013 with a return to Delmarva probable.
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