Ryan Brinley RHP Harrisburg Senators
Fastball (50/50) Slider (40/45) Changeup (40/40)
Washington’s 27th round selection in 2015 from Sam Houston State, Brinley is a 24-year-old right-handed relief prospect. Brinley is listed at 6-1 200lbs, with a well-formed lower half and little physical projection remaining. Brinley throws from a traditional high 3/4s arm slot and repeats his very simple delivery well, utilizing a letter-high leg lift into good extension toward home plate. He stays slightly closed during his motion, providing some subtle deception. Brinley pounds his fastball toward the lower-third of the strike zone, then uses his off-speed offerings to get hitters to chase.
Brinley features a 3-pitch arsenal, highlighted by a 91-94mph fastball, a mid-80s slider and a low-80s changeup. His fastball shows 2-seam action, with movement down-and-in to right-handed hitters and heavy natural sink. The slider is new this season, as he appears to have scraped his curveball this winter – the offering is inconsistent but shows late-bite and darting movement away from righties. He needs to gain more confidence and feel for the pitch, but this was a smart adjustment to his repertoire. Finally his changeup is thrown with good arm speed and shows fading action away from lefties. The offering is mediocre and can float away from the strike zone, but keeps lefties from cheating on his fastball. Coupled with above-average command, Brinley projects as having a future “50” fastball, “45” slider and “40” changeup.
Brinley is a polished right-handed reliever with impressive command of the strike zone and an aggressive approach to attacking hitters. His fastball is an average offering and his above-average command and control allows his entire arsenal to “play up”. Brinley projects as a “Quad-A” relief pitch, with a ceiling of a 7th inning reliever if his slider improves. He may have a low ceiling, but is a valuable player to have stashed in the minors when injuries occur to the major league bullpen.