Bradley Blalock Salem Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 20 
Born: December 25, 2000
Birthplace: Conyers, GA
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 32nd round, 2019 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Kenessaw St. commit)
High School: Grayson (GA)
   

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First Pro Contract: July 12, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Brian Moehler
Signing Bonus: $250,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: August 6, 2019 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @bradley_blalock
Instagram: @blalock_12

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Average frame. Has room to fill out, especially in his lower half as he physically matures.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Some effort in delivery. Does not use a wind-up and has minimal movement before coming forward. Medium leg kick, but shortens it from the stretch. Long arm action with a slight stab behind. Will come across body at times. Front side deception. Typically stays on-line to the plate, but will fall off to the first base side at times when he lands off-balance.

Fastball: 90-94 mph, touching 95 mph. Has added velocity from sitting 87-91 when he was drafted, and has the frame to add more as he fills out. Pitch comes in downhill and shows some sink. Will show cut on some occasions when he pronates his wrist. Advanced control for his age, but command needs refinement. Potential average offering.

Slider: 83-85 mph. Plays well north/south in conjunction with his fastball, throwing fastball up in the zone and slider down. Will show bat-missing ability. Lacks tilt. Potential average pitch.

Curveball: 79-82 mph. Long, vertical breaking ball. Inconsistent. More of a spinner at times than a power breaking ball with tight rotation right now. Shape will vary at times. Inconsistent feel and will sometimes cast the pitch when he does not snap it off. Potential average pitch.
  Changeup: 85-87 mph. Good arm speed. Work in progress. Inconsistent feel. Will show drop on occasion, but throws sparingly. Potential below-average pitch.

Career Notes: Committed to Kennesaw State before signing for $125,000 over "slot" for a late-round draftee. Participated in Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020.

Summation: Potential up-and-down swingman type. Ceiling of a back-end starter. Shows confidence and pitches with some swagger on the mound. Velocity has already ticked up and could continue to do so. Development of secondary pitches and command will be key for him to reach his potential. There is a question of whether his delivery will play in the rotation given it has some effort. Likely will rely on his fastball/slider combination at higher levels unless he makes improvements with his other pitches. Those two pitches could play in a bullpen role if development necessities a move.


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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2019 Grayson --- HS --- 18 8 4 2.05 12 --- --- 51.1 46 23 15 0 --- 24 83 1.36 14.55 4.21
  2019 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 5 6 2.99 4 3 0 6.2 5 6 5 0 0 4 4 1.35 5.40 5.40
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Salem LAE A Bos 20 3 6 4.27 23 23 0 86.1 96 49 41 5 5 36 85 1.53 8.90 3.80
   
     
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  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
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