Cove Chatter 100: #25

Bryce Bandilla | LHP, 23 yo, 6-4, 235 | 2011 Draft – 4 | (A+) 38 G, 44.1 IP, 3.65 ERA, 5.3 H/9, 5.1 BB/9, 14.6 K/9

We made it to the top 25, the meat of the system. There may not be a pitcher with better stuff in the organization. Bandilla (that’s Ban-DILL-a) has top-notch velocity and a wild arm from the left side. He’s also incredibly injury-prone, and has missed significant time in his first two full seasons with the Giants (elbow and ankle in 2012, but I can’t remember what he injured this year… can’t find it on the net, either). He was turning heads this year in the San Jose pen – racking up strikeouts in bunches – before the injury bug bit again, all but ending his season in July. Will he overcome the control and injury issues? If so, he could become a lethal member of the Giants bullpen down the road. Between Bandilla and Josh Osich, the organization has two large, impact southpaws…and maybe the most oft-injured pitchers in the system. Those two should be working together in Richmond next season.

They said it: “Bandilla has plus to plus-plus velocity from the left side. He can pitch as high as 97 mph and will routinely work from 93-95 mph. He struggles to throw strikes at times and must improve his consistency…his future likely resides in the bullpen as a potential setup reliever.” ~ Mark Anderson, Baseball Prospect Nation

Bandilla video:

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