A former high profile draft choice, Cam Bedrosian has finally fought back through arm problems to put himself back on the track to being a quality prospect. Can he continue to make progress?
Position: RHP Highest Level: Advanced-A
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'0" Weight: 204
Age: 22 Born: 10/2/1991
2013 Rank: #27
2013 Season Stats
Low-A: 54.1 IP, 1-5, 7 SV, 5.30 ERA, 55 H, 22 BB, 4 HR, 69 SO, 3.11 FIP, .362 BABIP, 53.1 GB%
Advanced-A: 8.2 IP, 0-0, 0 SV, 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 7 BB, 0 HR, 9 SO, 3.89 FIP, .200 BABIP, 45.0 GB%
AFL: 9.1 IP, 0-0, 0 SV, 2.89 ERA, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 HR, 13 SO, 2.45 FIP, .222 BABIP
Fastball = A-
Bedrosian has been a hard thrower, even since his days in high school, but last season he reached entirely new heights with his four-seamer. As a starter (which he never should’ve been) Bedrosian was tossing it in at 92-94 when healthy. Upon being transitioned into a reliever, I saw Cam hitting 97 pretty routinely and generally sitting 95-96. As I pointed out last season, Bedrosian has a “jump” in his fastball, meaning once it leaves his hand and before it gets to the plate, it tends to rise rather than go at a downward angle. This often means that Cam’s fastball lives above belt-high, and it works with his velocity in the low minors. But once Bedrosian faces more elite competition he may be forced to keep the ball down more. Still, since becoming a reliever, no one’s been able to square up his fastball routinely, not even in the AFL when he faced elite prospects.
Offspeed Pitches = B+
After surgery, Bedrosian was never able to regain his feel for the soft-curve he used so effectively in high school. He never gained any feel for the change up either, so upon transitioning to the bullpen, he scrapped both pitches. Luckily for Cam, he has two other quality offerings in a “plus” cutter and “plus-plus” slider. He’s still gaining a feel for his cutter, but the movement on the pitch is undeniable, especially in on lefties. His cutter sits in the high 80’s and low 90’s. But Bedrosian’s best pitch is by far his slider. It’s the “fall off the table” variety that Kevin Jepsen employs, but Bedrosian’s is thrown harder, in the mid-high 80’s.
Control = C+
Bedrosian was able to cut his BB/9 down to an acceptable 3.6 in A Ball, however, in his short stint at Inland Empire he issued seven free passes in nine innings. Then Bedrosian went to the AFL, where he walked just two batters in nine appearances. It’s clear that 2013 was somewhat of a breakout year for Cam, and his progression in the control department was a big reason why. If he can continue to develop this tool, he can turn into an even more devastating late-inning reliever.
Command = D
He’s found the strike zone, but Bedrosian still isn’t controlling it yet. His fastball tends to flatten out at times which is dangerous when he leaves it up, his slider tends to end up in the dirt which isn’t a terribly bad thing, and his cutter switches off between the inner half of the plate on lefties and the batters box. Still, this was just his first year in relief and there’s certainly cause to believe he’ll improve.
Mechanics = B
I never liked Bedrosian’s delivery as a starter. He short-armed the ball and used a ton of energy to propel himself toward home plate. As a reliever however, this motion tends to work in his favor. He helps him control the running game and his pre-release motion doesn’t have a ton of moving parts, which suggests that once he learns to consistently repeat his mechanics, his command of his pitches will become deadly.