Charleston RiverDogs’ pitcher Brady Lail has been really impressive this year. So impressive in fact, that it earned him a trip to the Minor League All-Star game. Lail was drafted in 2012, as an 18th round out of Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, and although he was offered a scholarship to the University Arizona, he opted instead to turn pro. Lail debuted in 2012 with the Gulf Coast League Yankees, and then moved to Tampa for 2013.
This year, Lail is succeeding in his first year with the RiverDogs, which earned him a trip to the South Atlantic All-Star game “It was a great experience,” Lail told the team’s official website. “To represent the RiverDogs and the Yankees is a great honor.” Lail Credits his family and friends for his trip, saying “I gotta love it,” Lail said. “It’s awesome and a great feeling, having an amazing family, and amazing support back there. Just knowing that everybody has my back, it makes me even want it more.”
During the All-Star Game, Lail threw 6 pitches and induced 3 ground balls in an early relief appearance of a 4-4 tie. That success is nothing new to Lail, who is 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA during the season. He also has 71 strikeouts and only 13 walks over 69.2 innings. Lail works with a quick pace, and is not afraid to throw strikes he throws a very aggressive game and goes after hitters with no fear.
Lail grew up as a Mets’ fan, ironically being from Utah, he and his brother rivaled each other, as his brother was a Yankees’ fan. Ben was a diehard Yankee fan just from Derek Jeter and the traditions that they’ve had,” Lail said. “I just wanted to cheer against my brother, just being funny, and they grew on me watching their teams. Once I got drafted, I had to change real quick. I can’t thank the Yankees enough for the opportunity.”
Brady Lail will be a guy to keep your eye on. His quick, aggressive, and efficient pitching style could have him climbing to the big league ranks soon.