Round 3, Pick 97, Slot Value $553,200
Name: Quinn Brodey
HT/WT: 6’1″, 195 LBS
Baseball America #188
A 37th-round pick out of high school in 2014, Brodey pitched and hit in high school, and several scouts liked him better as a pitcher as a prep. He was a three-pitch lefty in the upper 80s with an athletic frame who could spin a breaking ball, but he struggled with command as a Stanford freshman, walking 10 in 10.1 innings. An above-average runner, he also got playing time in the outfield and became a regular in 2016 and ’17, hitting seven home runs each season. None of those came in Pac-12 play in 2017, but Brodey led the Cardinal in total bases. Scouts gave him no plusses among his tools but grade him as average across the board, with present strength and some feel for the barrel. Brodeys’ arm has backed up since high school; that and his fringy speed likely make him a left fielder as a pro. He’ll have to tap into his average raw power to be a regular.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 45 | Arm: 45 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
A two-way talent coming out of the California high school ranks, Brodey played the outfield and pitched briefly in relief for Stanford as a freshman. He left the mound behind for good as a sophomore and has been a mainstay in the lineup the last two seasons, putting up solid, albeit unspectacular numbers along the way.
Brodey entered the spring as a college performer who had the chance to move up boards, maybe even into Day 1 territory, with a strong junior season, especially after an All-Star performance in the Cape Cod League. He didn’t produce quite as well as he did over the summer, though he did show off some offensive skills that made him intriguing in the first place. He is capable of barreling up the baseball, with an improved approach at the plate that saw him increase his walk rate considerably as a junior. That should enable him tap into his power more consistently, important for him to profile at an outfield corner. Because of his fringy speed and arm, Brodey is destined for left field, so the bat will have to play enough for him to be a regular.
Even if his star faded a bit from summer to spring, Brodey is still very much on teams’ radars. He could be a good fit for a team that puts weight on a Cape League performance in particular in the top six rounds.
Quinn Brodey to the Mets at 98. Ninth Cape League All-Star from '16 to get drafted. Hit .326/.359/.486 for Cotuit last year with 15 RBI.
— Shawn McFarland (@McFarland_Shawn) June 13, 2017
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) May 4, 2017
With his poor showing this past season, he may be a guy they sign under slot to save money for Mark Vientos in the previous pick. Destined for Brooklyn Cyclones and Right Field.
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