Los Angeles Dodgers pitching hopefuls Bobby Miller, Ryan Pepiot and Landon Knack are getting a lot of national attention, and albeit to a lesser extent, so has Maddux Bruns since being taken in the first round of the MLB draft. 2021.
Bruns became the first left-handed high school pitcher taken by the Dodgers in the first round since Clayton Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in 2006. Bruns mentioned Kershaw as one of the pitchers he idolized and hoped to develop a relationship with the three-time Cy Young Award winner.
It’s unclear how far that might go forward, as Kershaw remains a free agent. Of course, the MLB lockout prevents him from showing up for Spring Training anyway.
This does not apply to minor league players who are not on a 40-man roster, such as Bruns. He was among those in attendance at Camelback Ranch and kicked off a live batting practice during the Dodgers’ minor league spring training.
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Bruns had verbally committed to attending Mississippi State at the time of writing, but ended up signing with the Dodgers for $2.2 million. That was below the $2,424,600 value assigned to the No. 29 pick in the 2021 draft.
The southpaw has a fastball that goes 91-93mph, to go with a slider in the mid-80s and a curveball that is in the 70s.
“The speed actually increased last summer (2020), and I think that’s the adjustment period that he went through,” Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said when the team drafted Bruns.
“I think he just didn’t know what to do with it and how to deal with it. Looking back, what looked more like normal progression than he just kept getting better and better as he went. that we were looking for.
“It certainly wasn’t like ‘Hey, Maddux Bruns, February 1st is our choice’, but as the season progressed, as we saw it and became more comfortable with him, the family and the performance, he became a player that we were really comfortable with.
Bruns ranked among Dodgers prospects
Keith Law of The Athletic ranked Bruns 14th on his list of the Dodgers Top 10 Prospects for the 2022 season. He also made Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 Prospects list for the organization, ranking 7th. .
Bruns went 0-2 with a 16.20 ERA over four starts in Arizona’s Complex League games last year.
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