The Baltimore Orioles selected Brady Wager in the 9th round of the 2012 draft and signed him for $125,000. Wager posted a 3.75 ERA and struck out 78 hitters in 84 innings at Grand Canyon University last year.
Wager was sent to the GCL, like most draft picks, where he struck out 12 and walked 5 in 12.2 innings. After six GCL appearances, Wager was moved up to Aberdeen where he made six starts spanning 26.2 innings.
As an IronBird, Wager posted a 5.06 ERA, struck out 18 and walked just 6.
Brady Wager is listed at 6′ 3″, 190 lbs., but looks a bit bigger than that. He has a thick build and strong legs that should make him a durable starter.
He attacks hitters with a low to mid-90s fastball, but is more in the low-90s as a starter. He could progress quickly as a reliever, but the O’s may look to use his durable, workhorse frame as a starter where he could become an innings eater.
I spoke with multiple contacts who watched Wager in the GCL. Most noted his sound windup, which bodes well for his durability going forward.
The Orioles have eased in their college draft picks by initially bringing them out of the bullpen, and Brady Wager will likely follow the paths of Matt Taylor, Devin Jones, and Trent Howard who did just that with Delmarva.