#6 Matt Brash – Come up and be nasty for the Mariners
Matt Brash had one of the best seasons in the minor leagues last year. He pitched more innings than most of the Mariners top pitching prospects. He pitched just over 97 innings between high A Everett and AA Arkansas. He started almost exclusively and he showed that he could be a big-time impact starting pitcher. He was even added to the 40 man roster at the end of the season but did not get to pitch. He could be the first prospect added to the staff in 2022.
In Brash’s 97.1 innings, he had a whopping 148 strikeouts and 48 walks. Those were good for over a 13 K/9 and over a 4 BB/9. The walk numbers will have to get better if he is going to stick in the rotation, but he certainly has the upside to do it.
Matt Brash owns batters with his fastball that is in the upper 90s and goes with his insane slider. It is probably the best single pitch in the M’s organization. It is just a wipeout slider that is straight-up nasty. He could easily be a dominant fastball-slider pitcher out of the bullpen, but the Mariners want him to start if he can because he could be a dominant starter if he can have good command of his pitches.
The player comp that I believe would be a great goal for Matt Brash to be like in 2022 is Tanner Houck of the Boston Red Sox. Houck like Brash has a wipeout slider and a good fastball. Houck started 13 games and made 5 appearances out of the bullpen. If Matt Brash does something similar to this and is a swingman that can go multiple innings out of the bullpen and start a majority of his games, that is great for the Mariners in 2022.
The Seattle Mariners are poised to have a great year in 2022, and they have some young players that could impact them greatly. From Julio Rodriguez and Matt Brash poised to make big-time debuts, to battery mates Logan Gilbert and Cal Raleigh in need of more development. Jerry Dipoto also needs to build around them with veteran stars to help the Mariners break through and end the long playoff drought in Seattle in 2022.