One look at Brooks Pounders and you probably think to yourself he has to be a power pitcher. At 6’4 and pushing 260 it would be easy to see why. But, Brooks is a crafty pitcher that touches 91 but sits in the upper 8’s using a potentially plus curve (slider) and change that he works around 80.
He was a 2nd round pick in 2009 out of Temecula HS in Southern California and was seen by some as a first rounder and others as a third rounder. So, his selection in the second round was fitting. He was a terrific 2 way player in high school and was headed to USC to be a 2 way guy before the draft.
He has been studying with my friend Alan Jaeger since the 9th grade. Before the addition of Rick Knapp and the new pitching program the Royals have instituted I would have been worried that Brooks would flounder in this organization. But. I am encouraged by what I have heard about the new program and believe Pounders has some legitimate upside.
He has been used as a reliever and as a starter by the Pirates but because he has 4 quality pitches he will get a long look as a starter, probably at Wilmington in 2012.
I am also a believer in program pitching, as you all know and the fact that the Pirates are not an organization that practices dedicated long toss could mean bigger and better things are ahead for Brooks.
Real quick about Yamaico Navarro- I am not surprised the Royals let him go….he has always carried a reputation for having an awful attitude and I know that was seen by this organization this year after the trade. Especially at Omaha. He really was not a strong utility type player anyway as he seemed to be less than stellar on defense.