Brendan Cellucci Portland Sea Dogs Pitcher

       
 
Age: 24
Born: June 30, 1998
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Height: 6-4
Weight: 215
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: 12th round, 2019 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Tulane
High School: William Penn Charter (PA)
   

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Pronunciation: suh-LOO-chee
First Pro Contract: July 12, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Tim Collinsworth
Signing Bonus: $345,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: July 26, 2019 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @brendan_mike27
Instagram: @brendan_cellucci

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Tall left-hander with a strong frame. Minimal remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws over the top. Starts on the first base side. Max-effort delivery. Quick arm. Stiff, vertical delivery. High leg kick. Rigid, deceptive arm action. Keeps arm behind before coming forward. Violent head whack, is looking at third base when he releases the ball. Falls off hard to the glove side.

Fastball: 91-93 mph. Tops out at 95. Previously topped out at 97 mph, but did not show that type of velocity in outings scouted in 2022. Live fastball that has shown the ability to miss bats. Ball jumps on hitters. In the early stages of developing command and control, both currently well-below average. Command profile holds fastball back. Will have to show he can consistently locate when he faces more advanced hitters in the high-minors. Potential above-average pitch.

Cutter: 88-90 mph. Throws sparingly. Short, horizontal break. Could just be a harder slider given how infrequently he throws it.

Slider: 82-88 mph. Will add and subtract velocity. Will look like both a slider and a curveball depending on the outing. Short, 2-to-8 break when it is more horizontal, but will also be more vertical at times. Potential average offering.
  Slider: 85-86 mph. Firm, lacks feel. Did not throw in outing scouted in 2021 and has thrown very infrequently in 2022. Well below-average potential.

Career Notes: Struggled as a freshman at Tulane, but emerged as the team's closer late in his sophomore season. Pitched in one game in the Cape Cod League in 2018. Signed an over-slot deal as a draft-eligible sophomore. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020. Participated in the 2022 Winter Warm-Up.

Summation: Potential organizational reliever. Ceiling of an up-and-down emergency reliever. Will show major league-quality stuff at times, but concerns about delivery and command and control profile hold back his projection. Really struggles to throw strikes and current command is poor. Low floor, decent chance he will not throw enough strikes to get out of the mid-minors. Pitch data is impressive and grades out well in models. Both fastball and breaking ball have above-average spin rates.

Links
Scout Chatter (11.30.2020)
Scouting Scratch: Breaking Down the Arizona Fall League Contingent (10.27.2021)
Scouting Report Update (3.11.2022)
 
   
     
    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 Tulane NCAA Coll --- 20 0 0 --- 16.87 7 0 0 2.2 4 5 5 0 7 3 5.00 0.43 10.13
  2019 Tulane NCAA Coll --- 21 2 3 0.400 5.57 27 1 3 42.9 45 32 26 6 21 46 1.57 2.19 9.86
  2019 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 21 1 0 1.000 5.25 8 0 0 12.0 14 7 7 1 7 17 1.75 2.43 12.75
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 22 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Greenville Drive HAE A+ Bos 23 2 3 0.400 5.30 36 0 0 37.1 36 24 22 3 28 59 1.71 2.11 14.20
  2021 Scottsdale Scorpions AFL Fall Bos 23 0 1 0.000 7.59 9 0 0 10.2 15 9 9 1 7 10 2.06 1.43 8.44
2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 24 3 4 0.429 4.50 43 10 0 62.0 54 35 31 6 44 82 1.58 1.86 11.90
  2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 24 0 0 --- 0.00 2 0 0 2.1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0.86 --- 11.57
  2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 25     stats                            
   
     
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