I've noticed Brady Lail working his way through the Yankees' farm system the last few years, but at times he has seemed to fly under the radar, particularly given some some of the bigger name pitching prospects that are working their way up to the Bronx. The right-hander from Utah has pitched pretty consistently as he climbed the ladder and is putting together a solid season for the Trenton Thunder, so let's find out a bit more about him. Name: Brady Joe Lail Birthdate: August 9, 1993 Birthplace: South Jordan, UT Bats: RightThrows: Right Height: 6'2 Weight: 205
Drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 draft, Lail started his professional career right out of high school and has the potential to be one of those late round drafts that pays off, which is why I love following the minors. His career started in the Gulf Coast League, where he managed to put together a strong five games in 2012. He returned to the GCL in 2013, where he had a 2.33 ERA in 54 innings, along with giving up no homers, striking out 51 batters and only walking five. Lail spent most of 2014 with Charleston, where he had a 3.71 ERA in 97 innings. He gave up six homers, seventeen walks and struck out 95 batters. Lail was promoted to Tampa, where he appeared in seven games and put up some equally solid numbers.
This year, Lail has pitched all but one game in Trenton. He so far has a 2.48 ERA in fourteen games (thirteen starts) and has once again been striking out a lot more batters (46) than he has walked (17). He made one appearance with Tampa and struck out nine batters in just five innings. Over his career so far, Lail has a 3.03 ERA with 237 Ks and only 53 walks and eleven homers.
Lail has four pitches that he throws, a fastball that can hit the mid-90s, a two-seamer, a curveball and a changeup. He is pretty strong with all of his pitches, though his sinker is probably the weakest of his pitches. Lail does a great job of mixing up his pitches and therefore is a major threat to pick up a lot of strikeouts. Projected to have a ceiling as a number three starter, while his trek through the farm system has been steady, I wouldn't expect to see him in the Bronx for another couple years. He is still pretty young and with the pitching prospects ahead of him, it's not unlikely that he won't be rushed through the last two stops before Yankee Stadium.