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Brandon Birdsell

#36 | RHP | CubsCHC
South Bend Cubs South Bend Cubs
Brandon Birdsell
Name: Brandon Lee Birdsell
Born: Mar 23, 2000 in Conroe, TX United States
Junior College: San Jacinto (Texas) JC
High School: Willis (Texas) HS
College: Texas Tech
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 240 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 5th round (143rd overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2022 (signed for $385,000)
Birdsell has come a long way in his four years of college ball (one year at Texas A&M, one year at San Jacinto (Texas) JC and two years at Texas Tech). A mid-April rotator cuff injury derailed Birdsell’s 2021 season. He was still drafted by the Twins in the 11th round, but he opted to return to Texas Tech to improve his draft standing. He should do better this year after going 9-3, 2.75 with 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s completely reworked his delivery and filled out from 210 pounds as a freshman to 245 pounds now. Birdsell once was a flamethrower with no idea of where the ball was going. Birdsell’s delivery now is both simple and unorthodox. He simply breaks his hands and goes home as if he’s playing a game of catch, but with a slight stutter as he hangs over his plant leg, which messes with hitters’ timing. It’s paid off in improved control. Birdsell’s plus four-seam fastball sits at 95-96 mph and has touched 99. He carries that velocity through his starts. His above-average mid-80s slider has more depth than tilt, which allows it to be effective against lefties as well as righties. He throws a fringe-average 86-87 mph changeup almost exclusively to lefties. Birdsell has at least a solid path as a two-pitch reliever, but his control improvements give him a shot of going out in pro ball as a starter. His age (22) will likely hurt him on many teams’ boards.
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