Brandon Walter Worcester Red Sox 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 © Gwinn Davis/Greenville Drive
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 (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
Twitter: @b_walt_
Instagram: @b_walt_

  Scouting Report & Links      
  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 the 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 a 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: 90-93 mph, tops out at 95 mph. Throws both four-seam and two-seam varieties. Can control both, but shows better feel for two-seam with heavy, arm-side run. Slightly below-average spin rate. Potential above-average command profile. Ability to miss bats is dependent on command, as it is not an overpowering pitch. Designed to elicit weak contact primarily, but has shown the ability to dial it up at times. Velocity jumped in 2021 to 92-94 mph, but was back in the low-90s in 2022. Potential above-average offering.

Changeup: 80-83 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 plus offering.

  Slider: 80-83 mph. Slurvy, long, two-plane break. 2-to-8 shape. Average spin rate with significant horizontal movement. Feel comes and goes during outings, but has shown the ability to land it for strikes. Tough pitch for left-handed hitters to read; 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 above-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. Stuff improved considerably due to work put in during the cancelled 2020 season, leading to one of the more improbable breakouts in recent memory in 2021. Rose from being something of an afterthought in the Low-A bullpen to begin the 2021 season to being a top-10 prospect in the system in the Triple-A rotation in less than a year. Participated in the 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Missed several weeks in June 2022 due to a neck strain.

Potential back-end starter. Ceiling of a mid-rotation 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. Control is already above-average-to-plus and command should get to at least average. You can debate whether he fits better 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.

Scouting Report Update (3.8.2022)
    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
2019 Delaware NCAA Coll --- 22 2 5 3.86 14 14 0 86.1 73 40 37 4 14 30 106 1.19 11.05 3.53
  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 10.53 4.88
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 23 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 24 1 1 1.45 13 2 2 31.0 21 7 5 0 2 6 46 0.87 13.40 1.70
  2021 Greenville Drive HAE A+ Bos 24 4 3 3.70 12 12 0 58.1 46 35 24 6 5 14 86 1.03 13.30 2.20
    2022 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
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 25     stats                            
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 25     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  Eastern League Pitcher of the Month (April 2022) Pitcher of the Week (June 21-27, 2021) Pitcher of the Month (June 2021) Pitcher of the Week (August 2-8, 2021) Pitcher of the Week (September 13-19, 2021)
2021 All-Star
2021 Pitcher of the Year
2022 Pre-Season All-Star Pitcher of the Month (April 2022) Pitcher of the Week (May 16-22, 2022) PItcher of the Week (May 23-29, 2022)

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