Brandon Workman   Pitcher

       
 
Born: August 13, 1988
Birthplace: Arlington, TX
Height: 6-5
Weight: 235
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 2nd round, 2010 by BOS;
3rd round, 2007 by PHI
How Acquired: Minor league free agent (May 2021)
College: Texas
High School: Bowie (TX)
   

Photo © Kelly O'Connor
Brandon Workman photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: August 16, 2010 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Jim Robinson
Signing Bonus: $800,000
   
Pro Debut: April 10, 2011 (Greenville)
MLB Debut: July 10, 2013 (BOS)
   
Twitter: @b_workman12
Instagram: @b.work44


Outrighted and elected free agency (Aug. 2021)
 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Big-framed righty with well filled-out lower half. Not remaining projection.

Mechanics: Raised arm slot from three-quarters to closer to over the top. Not an overly loose thrower. Effort in delivery wears him down multiple times through a lineup. Jerky nature of mechanics affects ability to repeat arm slot and overall command of arsenal as a starter.

Fastball:Fastball can sit 93-94 mph early in game, but loses velocity as the game goes on. Tops out at 95 mph as a starter, but he may be able to reach back and add 1-2 mph out of the bullpen. Shows late finish when staying on top of the ball. Average fastball command. Has trouble consistently throwing to both sides of the plate. 87-90 mph cutter breaks late to glove side. Strong deception between fastball and cutter. Grades as a plus pitch. Good feel and command of offering to miss bats. Future out-pitch at big-league level.

Curveball: Fringe-average 75-77 mph curveball. Pitch is inconsistent due to wrist wrapping at times during release. Can show tight two-plane break and depth, but tends to roll and is loose with it. Average-to-solid-average potential with refined release and work staying on top of ball.

Changeup: Sprinkles in 83-85 mph changeup. Work in progress. Shows arm-side fade, but arm tends to slow down.

  Career Notes: Underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015. World Series champion in 2013 and 2018. Traded to Philadelphia with Heath Hembree, cash, and a PTBNL or cash for Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. Signed with the Cubs during the 2020-21 offseason but was released in May 2021 and returned to the Red Sox briefly. Was designated for assignment at the trade deadline in 2021 and elected free agency after clearing waivers.

Summation: Gritty competitor. Projects as a middle reliever with some high-leverage potential. Stuff is severely diminished from his 2019 peak; is no longer a potential late-inning option with this arsenal.

Links
Road to the Show: Brandon Workman
2011 Prospect Preview
The Ladder - 4.27.2011
Q&A with Brandon Workman (6.17.11)
2012 Prospect Preview
Workman shuts down Wilmington in victory (5.2.12)
Workman looking to build on breakout season (1.31.13)
2013 Prospect Preview

2013 Top 40 Season in Review
Workman progressing as a starter... (5.8.14)
The Write-Up: Early Reports from Pawtucket (5.12.14)
The Write-Up: Brandon Workman (9.3.14)
2014 Graduates Season in Review
Scouting Scratch (6.28.2017)
 
   
     
    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
2008 Texas Big12 NCAA --- 19 5 2 5.06 21 6 1 53.1 58 35 30 6 6 20 49 1.46 8.27 3.38
  2009 Texas Big12 NCAA --- 20 3 5 3.48 20 13 0 75.0 58 38 29 7 7 28 82 1.15 9.84 3.36
  2010 Texas Big12 NCAA --- 21 12 2 3.35 17 15 0 104.2 98 42 39 7 8 23 101 1.16 8.68 1.98
  2011 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 22 6 7 3.71 26 26 0 131.0 128 67 54 10 5 33 115 1.23 7.90 2.27
  2012 Salem Red Sox Caro A+ Bos 23 7 7 3.40 20 20 0 113.2 104 47 43 10 1 20 107 1.09 8.47 1.58
  2012 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 23 3 1 3.96 5 5 0 25 23 12 11 2 0 5 23 1.12 8.28 1.8
  2013 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 24 5 1 3.43 11 10 0 65.2 51 29 25 6 1 17 74 1.04 10.14 2.33
  2013 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 24 3 1 2.80 6 6 0 35.1 39 13 11 6 2 13 34 1.47 8.66 3.31
  2013 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 24 6 3 4.97 20 3 0 41.2 44 23 23 5 0 15 47 1.42 10.15 3.24
  2014 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 25 7 1 4.11 11 11 0 61.1 61 28 28 10 0 17 55 1.27 8.07 2.49
  2014 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 25 1 10 5.17 19 15 0 87.0 88 57 50 11 1 36 70 1.43 7.24 3.72
  2016 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 27 0 1 4.50 1 1 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 1.00 13.50 0.00
  2016 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 27 0 1 6.75 5 0 0 8.0 9 7 6 2 0 4 8 1.63 9.00 4.50
  2016 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 27 0 0 9.00 4 0 0 10.0 15 10 10 3 0 7 5 2.20 4.50 6.30
  2017 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 28 4 1 1.55 18 0 2 29.0 16 6 5 1 0 13 35 1.00 10.86 4.03
  2017 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 28 1 1 3.18 33 0 0 39.2 37 17 14 7 1 11 37 1.21 8.39 2.50
  2018 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 29 2 1 3.90 17 0 1 30.0 21 14 13 3 1 5 34 0.87 10.20 1.50
  2018 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 29 6 1 3.27 43 0 0 41.1 34 15 15 6 0 16 37 1.21 8.06 3.48
  2019 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 30 10 1 1.88 73 0 16 71.2 29 18 15 1 2 45 104 1.03 13.06 5.65
  2020 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 31 0 0 4.05 7 0 4 6.2 8 3 3 0 0 4 8 1.80 10.80 5.40
  2020 Philadelphia Phillies NL MLB Phi 31 1 4 6.92 14 0 5 13.0 23 11 10 4 0 9 15 2.46 10.38 6.23
  2021 Chicago Cubs NL MLB CHC 32 0 2 6.75 10 0 0 8.0 12 9 6 2 0 7 11 2.38 --- ---
  2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 32 0 0 1.29 7 0 1 7.0 3 1 1 0 0 4 10 1.00 12.86 5.14
  2021 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 32 1 0 4.95 19 0 0 20.0 24 11 11 2 0 14 14 1.90 6.30 6.30
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (April 23-29, 2012)
2012 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year
American League Reliever of the Month (Sept. 2019)
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 16-22, 2011)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 22-28, 2011)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 18-24, 2012)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 9-15, 2012)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 13-19, 2012)
2012 SoxProspects.com All-Star - SP
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 15-21, 2013)
2013 SoxProspects.com All-Star - SP
2014 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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