HOF CLASS OF '12
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Springfield, Ohio
Re: 2009 Draft Info
9th Round #269 Overall Brian Pearl RHP University of Washington
RHP | Washington
Weight: 190 lbs.
Summary: Pearl is one of the bigger wild cards in this draft as a converted third baseman with just 11 career innings before 2009. He worked a full season in relief for U-Dub, and his fastball sat mostly around 90-92 mph, but as you might expect from a guy new to the mound, he would hit 94 one outing and then top out at 88 the next time out. He was better this past summer in the Northwoods League, where he hit 95 in the All-Star Game and struck out 32 men in 21 innings against just six walks. He doesn't have a consistent second pitch, with a mid-70s curve that can have some depth and a low-80s slider that at its best has a very hard, late break. His arm is quick, but he drifts off the rubber too quickly and may cost himself some velocity in the process. I've pegged him as a second-round talent, but the industry consensus has him a round or two later than that.
PRESENT FUTURE LOW (MPH) HIGH (MPH)
Fastball 50 55 90 94
Slider 45 55 80 82
Curveball 40 45 73 78
Changeup ?? ??
FB Movement 45 45
Command 40 50
Control 40 50
Feel for Pitching 35 45
Brian Pearl RHP Jr. L-R 6-1 190 Washington Everett, Wash. Never drafted 5-17-88
SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): A talented two-way player, Pearl spent most of his first two seasons at Washington on the left side of the infield. He hit .274-3-23 in 123 at-bats as a freshman, playing mostly at shortstop. As a sophomore, he saw most of his action at third, though an injury to start the 2008 season limited him to just 99 at-bats. Between the two seasons, he made only 12 pitching appearances for the Huskies, all in relief, and worked in just 12 innings. It became graphically apparent during a summer season in the Northwoods League, though, that Pearl's future is much brighter on the mound. As the closer for Green Bay, he went 2-0, 0.84 with nine saves. In 21 innings, he walked six while allowing 12 hits and striking out 32. Pearl displayed surprisingly smooth, easy mechanics for a conversion player, but his lightning-quick arm was so impressive that he soon became the premier power closer in the Northwoods League. His fastball sat in the low- to mid-90s and produced good movement, but it also topped out on occasion as high as 96 mph. Pearl's secondary stuff isn't as impressive or effective as his fastball, but his breaking ball has good, late movement and he commands it so well that he doesn't necessarily need a third pitch-especially if he continues in his role as a short reliever. Pearl also continued to play a position in the field during the summer, and his conversion to full-time closer only began in earnest last fall. With an opportunity to concentrate on pitching only, his fastball reached 97. But with only 12 innings as a college pitcher on his resume, Pearl still has plenty to prove to scouts this spring before he can be anointed as one of the better closer prospects for the 2009 draft.-ALLAN SIMPSON
UPDATE (5/15): At his best, Pearl has the kind of raw stuff that warrants being taken in the first round. His fastball has been up to 95 mph, and his slider can literally disappear on a hitter. But he was wildly inconsistent with all his pitches for Washington this spring, and he may be hard-pressed to squeeze into the fourth or fifth rounds as a result. Some scouts claim they never saw him throw a fastball anywhere near the mid-90s, and that his slider was often flat-and hittable. The Huskies weren't sure what to do with Pearl. They tried to start him, but that didn't work out. He did save eight games when installed as the team's closer, but he wore out his welcome in that role, too. In 23 appearances (2 starts), he worked 38 innings, walked 17 and struck out 40. A club that saw him at his best this spring (or last summer) could pop him by the third round, but others say that would be way too rich for a pitcher that didn't even demonstrate he was suitable for either a starting or closing role, and was little more than a set-up man.-ALLAN SIMPSON
Born in Seattle ... son of Robert and Chris Pearl ... has an older sister, Jamie ... majoring in sociology.
2008 (Sophomore) - Split time between third base and the bullpen ... began the year as strictly a pitcher due to an injury that kept him from swinging a bat ... ended up making 10 appearances on the mound, all in relief ... started 25 game at third base ... as a pitcher, allowed only two runs over 9.1 innings in his 10 outings ... picked up a save in the season's fourth game, holding UC Riverside scoreless in one inning ... got second save with a one-batter performance at USC May 2 ... lone victory of the season was March 22 vs. Portland, when he worked 0.2 innings ... didn't make first start as a hitter until March 15, but came out of the gate in his second game, when he went 2-for-4 with a double and six RBI March 16 vs. Holy Cross ... 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI March 21 vs. Utah Valley ... 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI April 1 vs. Portland ... 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two batted in against BYU on April 12 ... went 3-for-4 April 20 at Cal ... 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI May 9 vs. Washington State ... played summer ball for the Green Bay (Wis.) Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League ... hit and pitched for the Bullfrogs ... posted nine saves in nine chances, finishing the summer 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA (two ER in 21.2 IP), allowing only 12 hits and six walks while striking out 32. 2007 (Freshman) - Played in a total of 45 games, starting 38, in his freshman season .. started 30 at shortstop, four at second base and four at third base ... also appeared in relief on the mound twice ... first career hit came in the season's third game, and his first start, Feb. 18 at Cal Poly, when he was 1-for-5 with an RBI double ... solo homer March 5 vs. Southern Utah ... 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBI in game one of the March 10 doubleheader vs. Pacific ... 4-for-12 with four RBI in Pacific series ... 1-for-4 with three RBI vs. Northridge on March 16 ... led the way as the Huskies finished off a three-game sweep of Northridge, going 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer in a 9-2 win on March 18 ... 3-for-8 with a triple and two RBI in two starts at Washington State ... 3-for-5 in two games vs. Arizona State ... two hits in each of the last two games of the UC Riverside series sweep ... 2-for-3 with a solo homer May 8 vs. Portland ... 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI at Arizona ... 2-for-5 May 26 vs. Cal ... pitched in two games: March 3 vs. UC Irvine (game two of doubleheader) and May 19 at Arizona ... didn't give up an earned run in either game ... played summer ball for the Bend (Ore.) Elks ... hit and pitched for the Elks, playing in 23 league games as an infielder while making 13 relief appearances in league play ... went 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA and four saves on the mound ... struck out 17 in 15.1 innings.
CASCADE HIGH SCHOOL
Earned two letters under coach Pat Opel at Cascade ... as a junior, batted .460 with 19 runs batted in as the Bruins tied for the league title and finished fourth in the state tournament ... batted .390 as a senior, when he was team captain ... set Cascade career stolen bases record with 44 ... named honorable mention All-WesCo as a second baseman and as a pitcher.
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