- Full name Bradford Alexander Halsey
- Born 02/14/1981 in Houston, TX
- Died 10/31/2014 in New Braunfels, TX
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: L / Throws: L
- School Texas
- Debut 06/19/2004
Drafted in the 8th round (246th overall) by the New York Yankees in 2002.
View Draft ReportPreviously cut by Southwest Texas State and undrafted out of Hill (Texas) JC last year, LHP Brad Halsey emerged as a solid No. 2 starter for Texas. He dominated Stanford with a 10-inning, five-hit shutout in March and has thrown 88-92 mph with a good splitter. A draft-eligible sophomore, it may be expensive to buy him away from returning to the Longhorns.
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Halsey reached the majors less than two years after signing his first pro contract, and went over to the Diamondbacks in the Randy Johnson deal. The No. 1 starter for Texas' 2002 College World Series championship team and one of four Longhorns drafted by New York in 2002, Halsey has proven the best of the bunch. He made seven big league starts last season, beating the Dodgers in his debut and turning in solid outings against the Red Sox and Blue Jays. He's a strike-thrower with an 87-90 mph fastball, a slider (his best pitch) and a changeup. However, none of them is a knockout pitch and Halsey usually is around the plate too much. He lacks the stuff to challenge good big league hitters on a consistent basis. He'll compete with Mike Gosling for the final rotation slot in spring training, but is most likely destined for Triple-A . His slider is good enough that he could help as a situational lefty out of the bullpen, filling an organizational weakness.
The Yankees drafted Halsey in the 19th round as a junior college freshman in 2000 but didn't land him until two years later, after he won a College World Series at Texas. After a sparkling pro debut, he tied for the minor league lead with 17 victories in his first full season. Halsey has drawn comparisons to former Yankees pitching prospect Brandon Claussen because he primarily operates with a fastball and slider. He led the organization in strikeouts last year, but also surrendered 219 hits--the second-highest total in the minors--in 175 innings. Double-A hitters teed off to the tune of a .325 average. Halsey's fastball sits around 87-89 mph with cutting action, but he can touch 90-92. He tends to pitch backwards with his slider and changeup. Both are average offerings with plus potential, and they're enhanced by his ability to work the strike zone. He used a splitter in college but since has scrapped it. Halsey needs to learn how to exploit hitters' weaknesses more effectively with his movement to both sides of the plate. He'll return to Double-A and likely spend the year there before advancing. He projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter.