After being selected in the 3rd round of the 2020 draft, Bryce Bonnin would have to wait over a year before he would make his first professional appearance. An injury during the spring kept the right-hander off of the mound until June 29th when he made a rehab start for the Arizona Complex League Reds. It went well as he struck out seven batters in 4.0 innings.
His next start came for Daytona and it was the best of his season as he tossed 5.0 perfect innings with 11 strikeouts. While he wouldn’t be that good again, he dominated over the next six weeks for the Tortugas as he allowed just five earned runs in six more starts and he struck out 33.
That performance got him a promotion to High-A Dayton. He would only make three starts for the Dragons before the season came to an end. The first start did not go well as he walked five batters and allowed four earned runs in 2.2 innings. The next time out he struck out nine batters in 4.1 innings while allowing just one hit. But the final start of the season was a struggle as he allowed his first homer over the season. And then three more after that as he was charged with five earned in 4.0 innings.
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Bryce Bonnin Scouting Report
Position: Right-handed pitcher | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 190 lbs | Drafted: 3rd Round, 2020
Born: October 11, 1998
Fastball | A plus offering that works in the mid-90’s and reached 99 MPH this season.
Slider | A second plus offering that works in the mid-80’s that has some sweeping and biting action.
Change Up | A below-average offering that he doesn’t use often.
With two plus pitches there’s plenty of upside for Bryce Bonnin. It also gives him a high floor, assuming health of course, as a potential elite reliever if starting doesn’t work out.
That last sentence is one of the reasons that a guy with two plus pitches is rated a bit lower than he may otherwise be. There are some reasons to wonder if Bonnin will remain a starter in the long run. His change up, a pitch that he will almost assuredly need to remain as a starter, not only must improve but it must also be incorporated into his usage more. On top of the change up needing improvement, he’s not shown the ability to throw a full starter’s workload yet, either. As a sophomore he threw 64.0 innings at Texas Tech, but that is his high for both college and as a professional.
Interesting Stat on Bryce Bonnin
He made starts in four different months during the 2021 season. August saw batters hit .214 against him and it was by far the highest average against him during any of the four months he pitched in. (He only made one start in June and only two starts in September)
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