Who is Brady Singer?
Singer is a 6’5” right-handed pitcher out of the University of Florida. He was drafted coming out of high school in the second round by the Toronto Blue Jays but did not sign. From his freshman year to now, Singer has improved every year. In 2016, he was primarily a relief pitcher with uninspiring statistics. in 43 2⁄3 innings he sported a 4.95 ERA because of 43 hits allowed, 17 walks, and only 38 strikeouts. The next season was much better when Signer moved to the starting rotation. He had a 3.21 ERA in 126 innings. He allowed only 120 hits with 32 walks and upped his strikeouts to 129. This season as a junior, Singer has broken out as a bonafide top prospect. In 88 innings so far, he has a 2.25 ERA. His walks are slightly down at 18 and his punch outs are slightly up at 92.
How Does Singer Rank?
Jim Callis Mock: five to the Reds
Jonathan Mayo Mock: four to the White Sox
Fangraphs Mock: five to the Reds
What is Singer’s Game?
Right now, Singer is mainly a two-pitch pitcher with his plus fastball his slider. He does have a changeup as well but like most draft pitchers with a mid 90s fastball, he does not use it as much. Overall, Singer’s fastball is graded out as a 65 and the slider and changeup are both at 55 per MLB Pipeline. The most important factor for Singer is his durability. This season, he has made it to the sixth inning in all but two starts that ended after five. He has also never been hurt in his collegiate career and there is no inkling of a potential shoulder or elbow issue.
What does Brady Singer look like?
Why would the Sox Draft him?
He is probably the most polished and major league ready of the players that should be left by pick four. Singer is pitching against the best hitters in the nation in the SEC conference, and he is successful against them. He has good control for a college pitcher and has the potential to be top of the rotation starter if his fastball holds around 95 MPH. He was instrumental to the Florida Gator’s 2017 National Championship so he is not shy to pressure. Pitcher injuries are becoming more common and with prospects already with an injury history like Lucas Giolito and Alec Hansen, another arm to the mix cannot hurt.
Why wouldn’t the Sox draft him?
The Sox already have top of the line starting pitching and have more questions on the hitting side of the prospects. There aren’t many downsides to drafting Singer other than that there is a logjam in front of him.