Scouting Jays Prospect #20: Brandon Magee

Scouting Jays Prospect #20: Brandon Magee

Brandon Magee was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft by Toronto and impressed the organization in his first season in professional baseball. We expect the Jays to fast-track Magee in 2007 and some predict his path could resemble Casey Janssen's.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Brandon Magee
Position: Pitcher
DOB: July 26, 1983
Height: 6'5
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Magee signed quickly after he was drafted in 2006 and began in the NY-Penn League. In 11 starts he went 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA and held opponents to a .254 batting average against mark.

The right-hander proved to be clutch when runners were in scoring position this past season and when facing right-handed batters. With runners in scoring position opponents batted .164 off him and with two outs that average fell to .111.

Against right-handed batters he held them to a .238 batting average against mark.

"He's a pure ground ball pitcher," noted one talent evaluator. "He looks to get the count to his favor early, and then use his infield defense to record outs."

Magee added four miles to his fastball during his senior year with Bradley and that resulted in him rising on clubs draft boards.

"I think it came down to my mechanics and a lot of it had to do with the work I put in off the field with my conditioning and getting stronger on the mound," Magee said when asked what contributed to the increase velocity. "I was a pretty thin guy coming into college but the extra weight has helped me a lot. Working out has certainly helped me develop my body. Strength is an important part in this game, and I believe I'm strong enough right now to be successful. Basically that is the biggest reason the velocity of my fastball has increased."

Being a college senior the Blue Jays feel Magee is polished enough to be fast-tracked in the minor leagues this coming year, similar to the road Casey Janssen had in 2005, beginning in Lansing and finishing in Double-A New Hampshire.

Repertoire: Fastball, slider, changeup

Fastball: Magee's increase velocity last season now enables him to throw his fastball in the low-90s. His fastball averaged out between 88-91 MPH in his first season of professional baseball.

Secondary Pitches: The right-handers bread and butter pitch is his slider. He uses it effectively in combination with his fastball and induces a lot of ground ball outs and double plays with it. His changeup needs the most work and it's the pitch that could separate him from a starter or a reliever.

Projection: If Magee does not strengthen his changeup he will be viewed at as a reliever in professional baseball. If he can get his changeup to become an average pitch for him, he could battle it out and stay in the rotation as he progresses.

2007 Outlook: We expect Magee to begin the 2007 season with the Lansing Lugnuts, but a rapid promotion to Dunedin will be expected if he begins the season shutting down batters.

ETA: Late 2008-2009 : We don't expect Magee to spend more than one full season in the minor leagues if all goes well.

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