JAKE BRIGHAM
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: February 10, 1988
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 6th Round, 178th Overall, 2006 (Rangers)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
High School: Central Florida Christian Academy
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Brigham is a power pitcher whose fastball for much of his time in the Rangers’ organization sat in the mid-90s and reached the upper-90s.  In his earlier pro seasons he threw an overhand curve, but he eventually went to a slider.  He hasn’t been able to develop a useful change.  Despite the two-pitch repertoire, he’s mostly been a starter.  He’s not a groundball pitcher.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league contract for 2014 with an invitation to spring training.

2006
R:  2-6-0, 3.70 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 58.1 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 8.9 K/9

Brigham pitched mainly as a starter in his rookie league debut and put up good numbers.

2007
A-:  5-4-0, 3.16 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 77.0 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 7.6 K/9

The Rangers sent Brigham to short season ball and he got good results, but his walk and K rates weren’t good.  He had Tommy John surgery after the season.

2008
INJURED

Brigham missed the season following elbow surgery.

2009
A:  2-11-1, 5.52 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 89.2 IP, 3.8 BB/9, 8.1 K/9

Returning from the Tommy John surgery, Brigham pitched mostly as a starter in low A.  Not surprisingly, he struggled, but his walk and K rates improved.

2010
A: 6-5-0, 3.36 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 83.0 IP, 2.6 BB, 7.3 K/9
A+: 1-5-0, 6.93 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, 49.1 IP, 4.7 BB/9, 7.1 K/9

The Rangers tried Brigham in high A at the start of the season and he got lit up, so they sent him back to low A.  He pitched much better there, although his K rate was low.  The improvement apparently resulted in part from Brigham switching from a curve to a slider.

2011
AA:  6-6-0, 4.49 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 114.1 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 9.0 K/9

In AA, Brigham had just a fair season, although he did strike out a batter an inning.  Texas added him to its 40-man roster after the season.

2012
AA (Tex):  5-5-0, 4.28 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 124.0 IP, 3.3 BB/9, 8.4 K/9
AA (ChiC):  0-2-0, 19.64 ERA, 4.09 WHIP, 3.2 IP, 9.8 BB/9, 7.4 K/9

The Rangers returned Brigham to AA and he had much the same season, except that his control improved and he had gopher ball problems, allowing 19.  Texas sent him to the Cubs in a deadline deal for Geovanny Soto.  Brigham got bombed in two AA starts for Chicago, then missed the rest of the season with an elbow injury.  He didn’t have surgery, but as a makeup deal the Rangers took Brigham back and sent Barret Loux to the Cubs after the season.  The Rangers non-tendered Brigham and he became a free agent a few days after the second trade.  He then re-signed with the Rangers.

2013
AA:  0-0-2, 0.00 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 13.2 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 11.2 K/9
AAA:  5-5-2, 4.51 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 113.2 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

Brigham opened the season pitching in relief in AA, and dominating through seven appearances.  Texas moved him up to AAA, where he started off pitching mostly in relief but eventually moved to the rotation.  He was much more effective in relief.

Brigham was far better as a reliever in 2013 than he’s ever been as a starter, and his repertoire is better suited to relief.  The Pirates are much more likely to need bullpen help for Indianapolis in 2014 than starters, so he might be a good fit in relief there.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $200,000
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2014
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 2 (USED:  2012)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 6th round, 178th overall pick; signed on June 15.
November 18, 2011: Contract purchased by the Texas Rangers.
July 31, 2012: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Chicago Cubs for Geovanny Soto and cash.
November 20, 2012:
Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers for Barret Loux and a player to be named later (no player ever named).
November 30, 2012: Non-tendered by the Texas Rangers and became a free agent.
December 12, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Texas Rangers.
November 5, 2013: Became a free agent.
November 20, 2013: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.