Brendan Nail   Pitcher

       
 
Born: October 18, 1995
Birthplace: Greensboro, NC
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: Undrafted free agent (Aug. 2017)
College: Western Carolina
High School: Page (NC)
   

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First Pro Contract: August 16, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Pat Portugal
Signing Bonus: $125,000
   
Pro Debut: August 24, 2017 (Lowell)
MLB Debut: -
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @bknail44

Elected free agency (Nov. 2023)
 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Average frame, minimal physical projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the third base side of the rubber. Short arm action behind. Does a good job hiding the ball behind his body during his delivery. Delivery makes it tough for left-handed hitters to pick the ball up out of his hand.

Fastball: 90-92 mph. Tops out at 94 mph. Pitch shows natural cut and jumps on hitters. Command and control need significant improvement. Has shown the ability to miss bats with the pitch, at least in the low minors. Velocity has increased from 89-91 mph in 2019. Potential average offering.

Breaking Ball: 74-78 mph. Shape varies. Some are more horizontal and look like sliders, while others are more vertical and look like curveballs. Will flash tight rotation and depth. Primarily used when ahead in the count. Potential average offering.

  Career Notes: Undrafted out of Western Carolina as a junior, signed for full “slot” as an undrafted free agent after a strong Cape Cod League showing. Missed extended time in 2018 with an undisclosed injury. Did not make 2019 debut with Greenville until April 30, then was demoted back to extended spring training after four appearances. Was much better in return to Greenville after an eight-game stint in Lowell, posting a 2.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.

Summation: Profiles as an organizational arm. Ceiling of an emergency, up-and-down left-hander. Left-handedness gives him a chance, but will have to prove it at each level and is behind the development curve. Uptick in his stuff has given him a better chance of success against more advanced hitters. Has always missed bats.


Links
Notes from the Field (4.23.18)
State of the System 2020: Noteworthy Extras (5.26.2020)
Scouting Report Update (5.27.2020)
Scouting Report Update (3.10.2022)
 
   
     
    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
2015 Western Carolina SoCon NCAA --- 18 3 3 6.46 18 6 0 46.0 56 38 33 4 8 38 39 2.04 7.63 7.43
  2016 Western Carolina SoCon NCAA --- 19 5 6 5.08 18 16 0 85.0 85 57 48 7 13 49 62 1.58 6.56 5.19
  2017 Western Carolina SoCon NCAA --- 20 6 8 6.67 17 15 0 87.2 105 70 65 11 8 47 100 1.73 10.27 4.83
  2017 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 20 1 0 0.00 2 0 0 4.0 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 1.25 11.25 2.25
  2017 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 20 1 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
  2018 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 21 0 1 3.52 5 0 0 7.2 6 9 3 0 1 6 13 1.57 15.26 7.04
  2019 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 22 0 0 1.23 8 0 4 14.2 6 4 2 0 1 6 27 0.82 16.57 3.68
  2019 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 22 0 1 3.96 15 0 0 25.0 21 12 11 3 3 16 37 1.48 13.32 5.76
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 23 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 24 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2.00 9.00 9.00
  2021 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 24 6 0 3.69 31 0 3 46.1 34 23 19 4 4 16 73 1.08 14.18 3.11
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 25 3 2 3.76 40 0 2 40.2 36 20 17 4 0 20 49 1.38 10.84 4.43
2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 26 1 1 0.99 14 5 1 27.1 15 10 3 2 4 10 26 0.91 8.56 3.29
2023 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26 2 2 4.85 20 0 3 26.0 30 15 14 4 4 16 28 1.77 9.69 5.54
   
     
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