Over the weekend the Arizona Fall League held it’s annual Fall Stars game. It’s not technically an All-Star game, but it’s sort of treated as one. It’s more of a showcase for the top prospects in the league. For the Cincinnati Reds representation, it was left handed reliever Brennan Bernardino.
The lefty didn’t enter the game until the 8th inning. For Brennan Bernardino it was a high leverage situation – his side was trailing 2-1. He would get a ground out from the first batter he faced. The next hitter would take a walk, though. Bernardino buckled down and would strike out the final two batters of the inning. The East would score three times in the bottom of the inning, giving the Reds prospect the win.
Statcast took a reading on the final pitch that Brennan Bernardino threw, a curveball that froze Austin Riley. It was 77 MPH and broke right into the strikezone to end the inning. The impressive part, though was the 3063 RPM spin rate. While that is just one pitch, and we don’t have the data for the other curveballs he threw (eight in total), that’s an elite spin rate.
For his time in the Arizona Fall League, Brennan Bernardino has thrown 8.0 innings with just one run allowed, two walks and he’s struck out seven batters. He’s also been a ground ball machine. Of the 21 balls put in play against him, 16 of them have been grounders (76%). During the regular season his ground ball rate was 50%.
We do have some other information from the game on Brennan Bernardino, though. His fastball worked from 91-93 MPH, averaging 91.9 MPH. The left hander also threw two change ups, both at 85 MPH. His curveball worked in the 74-78 MPH range. He didn’t have the best control on the night, throwing 19 pitches with just nine strikes. The one walk he issued came on four pitches.
Gabby Guerrero has a big weekend
Over the weekend Gabby Guerrero put together a 4-8 weekend with a home run and three runs driven in for Estrellas Orientales. It helped push his line in the Dominican Winter League on the year to .309/.328/.436 through 14 games played. He’s also stolen three bases without being caught.
Jose Siri got his first start in the Dominican Winter League in two weeks on Sunday. He went 0-3 on the day. He’s now 0-10, mostly having been used as a pinch runner. He’s stolen six bases in six attempts in eight games (three starts).