Brayan Bello Boston Red Sox Pitcher

Age: 23
Born: May 17, 1999
Birthplace: Samana, DR
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(July 2017)
ETA: 2023

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Pronunciation: Brian BAY-oh
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Eddie Romero, Junior Vizcaino & Domingo Brito
Signing Bonus: $28,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: November 19, 2021 (BOS)
MLB Debut: July 6, 2022 (BOS)
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
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  Physical Description: Lanky right-hander with an athletic frame. Still somewhat on the skinny side, but has added noticeable muscle. Some projection remaining, but will always be on the thin side.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts with a wide base and does not utilize a wind-up. Medium-high leg kick. Stays in line to the plate. Loose, quick arm. Arm action is a little long behind and very quick coming forward. Gets good extension. Some effort in his delivery, but does a good job repeating it. Arm can get out ahead too quickly.

Fastball: 95-98 mph. Tops out at 99 mph. Four-seam fastball primarily sits 97-98 mph. Generates easy velocity. Command needs refinement and grades as below-average. Struggles to locate arm-side, but has shown more feel commanding to his glove side. When his arm gets out too quick, he loses his release and tends to crossfire the pitch. Average spin rate. Shows tail down in the zone and some ride and late life when up in the zone. Will also mix in a two-seam fastball with arm-side run in the mid-90s. Pitch is very effective at generating weak contact and has even shown bat-missing ability when running down and in on right-handed hitters. Velocity has steadily increased over his career, from 91-93 mph during the 2018 Fall Instructional League to 93-96 at 2020 Fall Instructs. Four-seam plays below velocity, but addition of two-seam pushes grade up. Potential plus offering.

Changeup: 87-89 mph. Started as a work in progress, but is now his best secondary pitch. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Has good feel for it and consistently throws competitive pitches. At its best, shows late, arm-side fade down and away from the barrel of left-handed hitters. Can really pull the string on it and the pitch will fall off the table late. True major league-quality, swing-and-miss pitch at its best. Most effective against left-handed hitters, but has started to incorporate it more against righties as well. On occasion, will slow his arm and pitch ends up on the firm side. Potential plus offering.

Slider: 84-87 mph. Short, 10-to-4 shape. Will flash the ability to land the pitch in the zone or get swinging strikes, but command is still inconsistent. In some outings, he lacks feel for the pitch and does not snap it off. Pitch has shorter break when thrown harder and more break at lower velocities. Pitch has a slightly above-average spin rate compared to the MLB average for a right-hander. Shape will vary at times, with some more vertical and others more horizontal. Will throw often and in any count. Will flash plus in some outings, but lack of consistency brings grade down. Potential above-average pitch.
  Career Notes: Did not sign until age 18. Was fairly dominant during debut in the DSL, but was old for the level. Jumped all the way to Greenville the following year. Struggled in the first half in 2019, but got stronger as the season went on. Participated in the 2018 and 2020 Fall Instructional League. Named to the 2021 MLB Futures Game. Threw a seven-inning no-hitter on May 6, 2022.

Potential mid-rotation starter. Ceiling of a number two starter or high-end number three. At his best, will flash three at least above-average pitches, and on the right day, all will look like potential plus pitches. Has done a great job improving his delivery and command to the point where you can comfortably project him as a starter. Has done a much better job repeating delivery and holding velocity deeper into starts in looks in 2022. Attacks hitters with a plan and has multiple pitches he is confident using against hitters. Against right-handed hitters, throws a lot of two-seamers and sliders, while against lefties he tends to go more with four-seam fastballs up and changeups down. Has pitches that break in all four directions and can be used in any quadrant. Has had allowed more hard contact to lefties than righties and that is something worth watching as he reaches the major league level. In the past, he would show the stuff of a starter, but combination of thin stature and delivery indicated a potential future in the bullpen. Not imposing physically, but still has projection and has the type of athleticism you look for. Has continued to improve year after year, and now is the top pitching prospect in the system and one of the top ten or so right-handed pitching prospects in baseball.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2018 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 19 6 2 0.750 1.68 13 13 0 64.1 37 16 12 0 10 68 0.73 6.80 9.51
  2018 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 19 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 6 0.67 --- 18.00
  2019 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 20 5 10 0.333 5.43 25 25 0 117.2 135 77 71 9 38 119 1.47 3.13 9.10
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 21 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Greenville Drive HAE A+ Bos 22 5 0 1.000 2.27 6 6 0 31.2 25 10 8 3 7 45 1.01 6.43 12.80
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 22 2 3 0.400 4.66 15 15 0 63.2 66 34 33 5 24 87 1.41 3.63 12.30
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 23     stats                            
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 23     stats                            
  2022 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 23     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  2021 Futures Game All-Star
2021 Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (May 2-8, 2022) Pitcher of the Week (July 8-14, 2019) Pitcher of the Month (May 2021) Pitcher of the Week (June 14-20, 2021)
2021 All-Star
2022 Pre-Season All-Star Pitcher of the Week (April 11-17, 2022) Pitcher of the Week (May 2-8, 2022) Pitcher of the Week (May 9-15, 2022) Pitcher of the Month (May 2022) Pitcher of the Month (June 2022)

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