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Ryan Brasier

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by The Allented Mr Ripley, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. The Allented Mr Ripley

    The Allented Mr Ripley holden Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    A man throws a ball 100 mph, he gets his own thread.

    He was drafted by the Angles out of high school in 2007, made a slow but steady progression through their farm system, finally making his MLB debut at the age of 25 in 2013, pitching 9 innings over 7 appearances while giving up 2 earned runs.

    He had Tommy John surgery in 2014 and bounced around the minors and Japan until this winter, when the Sox signed him and sent him to Pawtucket out of spring training. He had some success there, throwing in the high-90s and posting a 1.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 40 strikeouts and eight walks in 40 1/3 innings. He held the opposition to a .215 batting average and converted 13 of 14 save opportunities.

    The Sox promoted him on July 7, and he's had two scoreless appearances of an inning each so far, including finishing last night's win against Texas, where he hit 100 mph on the ballpark gun.

    Could he be the bullpen acquisition we'd otherwise be looking for come the trade deadline?
    #1 The Allented Mr Ripley, Jul 11, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
  2. The Gray Eagle

    The Gray Eagle Member SoSH Member

    Brazier brings the heat.


    His stuff is really impressive. The fastball obviously, but in his first appearance at least he was throwing an 89-mph slider that had real break to it. (I assume it was a slider; NESN was calling it a 2-seam fastball but it sure looked like it was breaking way too much for that.)

    If he can command that stuff in the majors, he has real potential. I'm glad he is getting a shot before we give up resources to try to trade for a reliever. Any reliever we trade for at the deadline might throw 25 innings or so the rest of the regular season, and in that small sample size, anything can happen. I'd rather see us try internal options rather than trade for a "name" who might not even do well in his limited time here.

    Though maybe I am just still burned from the Eric Gagne experience.
  3. Rasputin

    Rasputin Will outlive SeanBerry Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I am getting increasingly comfortable with doing literally nothing af the deadline.
  4. strek1

    strek1 Member SoSH Member

    Yeah, unless they want to stock the minors with a little insurance depth (Which could be done at anytime), me too.
  5. AB in DC

    AB in DC OG Football Writing Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    MLB.com has him topping out at 97.6. What's considered the official (or best) measurement for this sort of thing? Pitch f/x?
  6. Mugsy's Jock

    Mugsy's Jock Longtime Member Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Somebody suggested "Bruiser" as an official SoSH nickname for Brasier, which I endorse.

    Another alternative could be "Burger" (hat tip to DQ).
  7. The Allented Mr Ripley

    The Allented Mr Ripley holden Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    So at the risk of jinxing the guy, he seems pretty legit.
  8. Average Reds

    Average Reds Dope Staff Member Dope V&N Mod SoSH Member

    A power arm who seems able to get people out pretty consistently. Feels a bit like JoKe with a few more pounds and better control.

    What's not to like?
  9. Sox Puppet

    Sox Puppet Member SoSH Member

    The dictionary definition of a brasier as a "metal receptacle for holding live coals or other fuel" seems fitting for someone with a fiery arm. We had our Oil Can back in the '80s -- now maybe we have a Coal Pit?

    Either that or we go in the Bro/Manzier direction. :)

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