Born: December 30, 1988
Drafted: 1st round, 2010
How Acquired: Draft
College: Middle Tennessee St.
High School: South Doyle HS (TN)
ETA: Mid 2014
2011 Prospect Preview
The Ladder (4.20.11)
ESPN: HR-hitter Brentz finding groove (7.10.11)
Q&A with Bryce Brentz (7.12.11)
The Ladder - 7.27.11
2012 Prospect Preview
The Book - 4.16.12
Brentz working to approve approach in Port.
Brentz, Hazelbaker thrown into the fire (9.10.12)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
The Write-Up: Early Reports from Pawtucket (5.12.14)
2014 Top 40 Season in Review
Description: Mature, strong body. Filled out through-out. Solid
Hit: Plus bat speed with quick wrists.
Pull hitter, uphill swing path. Poor approach at the plate and poor pitch
recognition—he is often first-pitch swinging regardless of pitch type, and
will frequently chase breaking balls out of the zone. Fringe-average hit
tool plays down to below-average due to lack of plate discipline, poor
pitch recognition and over-aggressive approach. Tends to chase hard
breaking balls off the plate and elevated fastballs. Slow picking up the
spin of breaking balls at times. Needs to keep weight back consistently.
Power: Due to uphill swing path, ball jumps off
bat. Generates strong lift and post-contact extension with his swing. Plus
raw power and plus potential game power. Odds of actualizing that power
are low due to below-average hit tool.
On-line, throws with carry. Plus arm strength.
Fringe-average range. Decent reads and routes. Prone to lapses in judgment
that can lead him to misplay balls in the field.
Fringe-average speed. Not a major part of his game. Steady on bases. Can
score from second.
Career Notes: Unfortunately,
is probably most well known to casual fans for accidentally shooting
himself in the leg while cleaning a gun in early 2013, likely costing
himself a non-roster invitation to camp. Has also endured tough luck with
injuries the past two seasons, including knee meniscus surgery in July
2013 and a severe hamstring strain in 2014, missing the opportunity at two
or three major league call-ups while on the disabled list.
Summation: Potential regular, everyday type, solid
contributor at the corner outfield spots if he can improve plate approach
and pitch recognition to improve overall hit tool. If he can’t do that,
profiles as a bench bat who will stick around due to power potential and