Brady Feigl could be major loss for Oakland A’s

AMARILLO, TEXAS - JUNE 20: Pitcher Brady Feigl #18 of the Midland RockHounds pitches during the game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles at HODGETOWN Stadium on June 20, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
AMARILLO, TEXAS - JUNE 20: Pitcher Brady Feigl #18 of the Midland RockHounds pitches during the game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles at HODGETOWN Stadium on June 20, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /
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At first glance, Brady Feigl appears to be the type of pitcher that every team has multiple of in their organization. His stuff is not particularly dominant and his minor league stat line will not impress too many people. He appears to be the type of pitcher that gets by with command and a knowledge of how to pitch, someone that could eventually become a back of the rotation starter.

But Feigl is also the type of pitcher that can surprise at the major league level. He is the type of arm that other teams will give a chance to, making his exposure in the Rule V Draft that much more intriguing.

Oakland A’s could end up missing Brady Feigl

Feigl spent the 2021 season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels, making him one of the more major league ready arms in the Rule V Draft. He posted a 4.71 ERA and a 1.332 WHiP in his 122.1 innings, striking out 123 batters with 46 walks. Those numbers are also skewed by a rough 20 innings in Triple-A where he was battered around.

He has a four pitch arsenal, throwing a lower 90s fastball, a slider, curve, and a fringy changeup. None of his pitchers are considered to be plus offerings, but he generates a lot of grounders and can fill the strike zone with all of his offerings.

His pitches also play up despite their mediocre velocity. Feigl gets a high spin rate on his pitches, particularly his fastball, allowing him to generate plenty of swings and misses. That spin rate leads to the hope that he could be far more than just a depth piece.

It is that spin rate that makes him one of the more intriguing players available in the Rule V Draft. Feigl has been compared to Brad Keller, someone that could serve in a long relief role after being selected before moving into the rotation. Keller was a surprise for the Royals; Feigl could be the same for whichever team selects him in the Rule V Draft.

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At first glance, Brady Feigl does not appear to be the type of pitcher that could make an impact. On closer examination, he could be a major loss for the Oakland A’s.

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