The 1,231st pick in the 41st Round of the 2006 MLB amateur entry draft, Brad Peacock, a 6'1'' right-hander out of Miami, Florida and Palm Beach Central High School, began his professional career in the Gulf Coast League in 2007 with the GCL Nationals, and in 2008, he began the year with the NY/Penn League's Vermont Lake Monsters before moving up to Class-A Hagerstown where he was (0-5) with a 9.09 ERA in 8 starts and 33.2 IP for the Suns. Peacock started '09 with Hagerstown, but in late July he was called up to Potomac when P-Nats' starter Brad Engles was placed on the DL. In that first start, Peacock threw 5.2 innings, allowing 5 hits and 4 ER to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' batters, who struck out 9 times.
In 4 starts and 1 relief appearance with the P-Nats since that first start, Peacock's (2-2) with a 3.75 ERA in 36.0 innings, but as Anthony Masterson, (Broadcast/Media Assistant with the Class-A Carolina League's Potomac Nationals) pointed out in the note he sent along with this week's P-Nats' Weekly Update:
"As a starter in 5 appearances, he's 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA and (Peacock's) coming off one of the best starts of his career throwing 8 innings of three-hit baseball against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, allowing just one run. The 41st round pick has made some noise in the Washington organization with a low to mid 90s fastball and a solid breaking pitch that keeps hitters off balance. "
Asked to explain the reasons for his success in the last start, the 21-year-old pitcher quickly states that the key was his ability to, "...keep the ball down and get a lot of ground balls, which I did...didn't strike too many out, so, I mean, got a lot of ground balls, so that was the key right there." Mr. Masterson joked lightheartedly in his notes on the interview that Brad Peacock was a man of few words, and his follow-up question about whether keeping the ball low has been the key to his success so far as a pro demonstrates as much as Mr. Peacock responds simply, "Oh Yeah. Oh Yeah," and I mention this not to poke fun at the young pitcher, but to note that for a man of few words, he managed to say some key ones that are music to DC GM Mike Rizzo's ears.
Check Out The Interview Below, And Learn About "Bring Your Peacock To The Park Night":
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