When the LA Angels drafted lefty Denny Brady in the 7th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft from Mercer College, Brady was hoping to begin his career with a bang.
Unfortunately for Denny Brady his first couple of years in the LA Angels farm system have been a struggle. In 2017 and 2018 Brady was only able to record one victory with six losses. His ERA was over 4.50 in the two seasons combined.
In the 2019 season Denny Brady has started to improve although his record is still not the best at 3-7, but his ERA is much lower at 3.71 in 15 starts. Brady has pitched 68 innings with 25 walks and 76 strikeouts with a 1.34 WHIP. In his last 10 starts Brady has only given up more than two runs in two of them.
His best start of the season was against Visalia where Brady pitched five shutout innings with five strikeouts and three walks in a no-decision. He also pitched five innings against Rancho Cucamonga recently where he gave up only one run in five with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Brady has advanced one level each season pitching in Low Single-A Burlington and before that in Orem which was rookie ball in 2017.
Recently I was able to catch up with Brady. Here is what he has to say.
You have been all around the country so far with the Angels in the minor leagues. How does California compare to other places?
“I love it. It’s awesome. There is a lot of great people here, good atmosphere. I’m enjoying it,” Brady said.
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How does the competition here in Single-A compare to Community College?
“In junior college you have good hitters and bad hitters, but here you’ve got to battle the whole game,” Brady said. “You cannot take a hitter off and you have to stay focused.”
Your record in the minor leagues is 4-13, how do you stay focused despite a sub .500 record?
“You really can’t think about wins and losses. I trust my teammates and I know I just have to continue to make pitches,” Brady said. “Record doesn’t really matter, it depends on how well the hitters hit against you.”
What is velocity and what are your favorite pitches to use?
“My velocity is between 94 and 96 MPH. I also throw a curve ball, change-up and an occasional slider,” Brady said. “I trust my fastball the most, but if I need a guaranteed out I would go with my curve ball.”
What are your goals for this season?
“I just want to stay healthy and pitch well,” Brady said. “I hope to keep my velo at the same level or possibly increase it.”
You’ve seen pitchers be promoted quickly in this organization,how does that make you feel about your chances?
“It makes you realize that it is not that far away (the majors) if you do everything the right way,” Brady said. “The fact that Angel Stadium is so close is cool. It sucks that you can’t just go right from here to there.”
What’s it like to have great players like Trout, Ohtani, Pujols, and even Griffin Canning in the organization?
“I’m lucky to have people to look up to like that. Griffin was in the same boat I am now here in Single-A and now he is in the majors. That’s a role model right there,” Brady said. “Mike Trout grew up 10 miles away from my hometown that is really cool. It is interesting to see how everyone reacts to him and see how great he is.”
Seeing J.C. Ramirez, Taylor Cole, and Luis Garcia pitch here what was the like for you and what did you take away from them.
“The biggest thing is how positive they are. Growing up you see major leaguers and you think they are to themselves and are arrogant. Those guys were so nice, they are just good people, ” Brady said. “If I take anything from them, it’s how they go about life in general not even baseball.”
Maybe one day we will see Denny Brady on the mound 70 miles from San Bernardino, in Anaheim for the Angels.