By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 25, 2010
Before I break down second baseman-outfielder Ryan Brett, there’s one subtlety to point out. I like that the guy isn’t using batting gloves to hit with wood. The reason is because it gives you a very clear view of how strong Brett’s hands and forearms are. It’s the reason he has bat speed with wood. It’s also why he’s able to generate bat speed to make hard and consistent contact. The sound is good. So is the bat control.
Brett was listed at 5-8, 170 in the summer, so all it takes is a look at the roster to see why cookie-cutter scouts will dismiss him. Here’s what Brett (Highline HS, Seattle) has going for him. Brett cranked out several 4.1 times from the right side when I saw him. That’s above-average right-handed speed. To use that speed, he’ll have to get on base, which is why his hands will be important. He was smooth and repetitive in the game at-bats I saw. He was an aggressive base runner and will be able to get more out of his speed as he gains advanced instruction. He’s a regional prospect for certain, armed with a college commitment to Gonzaga, where you can readily see him slowing down the game when nervous college coaches call nine consecutive pick-off throws to first.
A lot of players of his height are typically stocky, but Brett isn’t. It’s an athletic frame with room for muscle, but he should be wary to not compromise athleticism, speed and flexibility for bulk and power. This is a good player with two above-average average tools in his speed and the ability to put the ball in play. That’s where his future is. If he plays with a chip on his shoulder, that’s the kind of guy I like to see prove the cookie-cutters wrong.