Brandon Walter Greenville Drive Pitcher

       
 
Age: 25
Born: September 8, 1996
Birthplace: New Castle, DE
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: 26th round, 2019 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Delaware
High School: Hodgson Vo-Tech (DE)
ETA: Late 2023

Photo © Bryan Green
Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: June 15, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Reed Gragnani
Signing Bonus: $35,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: June 25, 2019 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @b_walt_
Instagram: @b_walt_

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Left-hander with a medium frame. Not much projection remaining. Looks listed height and weight.

Mechanics: Throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. Atypical delivery with effort, but it works for him and he repeats it well. Starts angled toward first-base dugout on the middle of the mound, hands by his face before sliding toward third base during wind-up. Swings arm behind with medium leg kick before coming forward. Short arm action with a hook behind. Hides the ball well before delivery. Will spin and recoil on follow through.

Fastball: 92-94 mph, tops out at 95 mph. Pitch shows two-seam movement with arm-side run. Slightly below-average spin rate. Command needs work, especially to the glove side. Ability to miss bats is dependent on command as it is not an overpowering pitch. Designed to elicit weak contact primarily, though has shown the ability to dial it up at times. Velocity jumped in 2021 from the low-90s. Potential above-average offering.

Changeup: 82-85 mph. Advanced feel and confidence in pitch. Will throw in any count to hitters on both sides. Throws with the same arm speed as his fastball. Pitch drops off the table late. Really can pull the string on it and elicit lots of swinging strikes. Very high spin rate for a changeup. Command can be spotty at times and will leave up in the zone on occasion. Potential above-average-to-plus offering.
  Slider: 80-83 mph. Slurvy, long, two-plane break. 2-to-8 shape. Average spin rate with more horizontal movement than vertical. Feel comes and goes during outings, but has shown the ability to land it for strikes. Tough pitch for left-handed hitters to read as it starts right at their body before breaking across the plate. Needs to get more consistent finishing the pitch, as sometimes it will come in loose and hang. Potential average offering.

Career
Notes: Had Tommy John surgery in 2017, missing most of that season and all of the 2018 season. Late-round senior sign in 2019. Broke out from seemingly out of nowhere in 2021, beginning the year in the Low-A bullpen very old for the level before working his way into the rotation and, later, a mid-season promotion, putting up outstanding numbers throughout.

Summation: Potential major league swingman. Ceiling of a back-end starter. Will show a starter's arsenal with three average-or-better pitches and the ability to turn over a lineup, but does not have a typical starter's delivery. Command and control need refinement, as does consistency with secondary pitches. Can project as a starter or reliever depending on the day you see him. Has some traits that would push him to each potential outcome, but has the makings of a major league-caliber arm either way. If pushed to the bullpen, combination of stuff and handedness gives him a decent floor. Breakout prospect for whom scouts are still getting a feel.

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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 Delaware NCAA Coll --- 22 2 5 3.86 14 14 0 86.1 73 40 37 4 14 30 106 1.19 3.53 11.05
  2019 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 22 4 1 2.70 13 0 0 33.1 26 11 10 2 4 8 39 1.02 4.88 10.53
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 23 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
     
    2021 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
2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 24     stats                            
2021 Greenville Drive HAE A+ Bos 24     stats                            
   
     
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