Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball is back with the latest scouting report on the Washington Nationals’ prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League.
Here’s a scouting report on left-handed pitcher Ben Braymer.
Name: Ben Braymer
Age (as of September 1, 2018): 24y, 4m
Bats/Throws: L / L
Present Role: 30
Future Role: 40 (Middle Reliever)
2018 Level: Hagerstown (A-), Potomac (A+)
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An unheralded 18th round pick in 2016, Braymer pitched to a 2.28 ERA in 114.2 innings across two A-Ball levels last year en route to being named the National’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year (sharing the award with Wil Crowe). His dominant performance earned a spot in the Fall League, where Braymer pitched exclusively out of the ‘pen for Salt River. His fastball won’t blow anyone away, topping out in the low-90s and dipping into the 88-to-89 mph range when he starts games. Instead, Braymer’s separators are plus feel to pitch and a quality curveball, something he can throw to both lefties and righties. He profiles best in relief, likely matching up more often against same-side hitters.
Braymer pitched in both the rotation and bullpen last year. He would be able to help the big club more quickly as a reliever, but given his performance last year, the Nationals might try to max out his value by giving Braymer another year to develop as a starting pitcher.