Braydon Fisher

Position: RHSP
Level: Rk
Affiliate: AZL Dodgers
League: Arizona League
Born: 07/26/2000 (Age: 18)
Height: 6'4''
Weight: 180
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 4th Rd., 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD)

Prospect Spotlight

Fisher was the Dodgers’ fourth-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft, and the team kept a tight leash on the 18-year-old righty in his pro debut. Fisher appeared in 11 AZL games this summer, starting nine, but never pitched more than two innings at a time.

Built with a lean 6-foot-4 and 180-pound frame, he’s very projectable with room to add strength throughout. Fisher repeats a semi-windup well, and while he’s a bit gawky through the delivery now, it’s a clean mechanical operation that should lose effort as he gets stronger. He kept his 89-to-93 mph fastball around the zone with running action, and should unlock a few ticks more velocity with physical maturity. Both Fisher’s slider and changeup show at least average potential, the latter of which is an advanced pitch that confounded Rookie-level hitters with fastball sell and quality fade action.

Fisher’s projectability and chance for three average pitches make him a prospect, though he’s far from a sure thing and comes with plenty of risk. Given how conservative the Dodgers were with him this summer, it seems likely he starts in Extended Spring Training before reporting to a short-season affiliate in 2019.