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Brad Baisley

By Robert Sherry

The top pitching prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies system, this righty was pitching well at Class-A Clearwater (3-3, 3.09 ERA, and 1 SV) before an arm injury occured that has him shut down for the rest of the 2000 season.

A 20-year-old, Baisley was the Phillies' second round pick in the 1998 draft. He had his breakout season in his first full year in 1999 while pitching at Low-A Piedmont. For the Boll Weevils, Baisley went 10 -7 with a 2.26 ERA, three complete games, 148 innings pitched, 116 hits allowed, 55 walks, and 110 strikeouts in 23 starts. He even hurled a no-hitter in the summer verus Hagerstown.

He uses a low-to-mid-90s fastball and curve as his top two pitches. With his age, you could expect his fastball to gain some speed and possibly to clock in the mid-90s consistently if he can recover fully from the injury. I don't think you will see him rushed to Philadelphia. Instead, he should get a full season at each level, allowing him to start in the majors sometime around 2003. If he is healthy, Baisley could be a No. 1 type of starter. At 6-foot-9 and 205 pounds, he could be an imposing force.


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