According to Baseball America, there are only 10 better prospects in the entire state of Texas than the right-hander for The Woodlands. If you're keeping track, that means the Highlanders could have two first rounders in consecutive years. How did that team not win the state title last year?
Keith Law listed Brickhouse as the 90th best prospect in the country, because of his potential more than anything. Brickhouse has a lively fastball, but it's been inconsistent this season. His breaking pitches also need a little work, but scouts can easily project him as a No. 3 starter.
There is also the little matter of the his commitment to UNC. Brickhouse is originally from North Carolina and teams view him with some signability concerns. Seeing as Brickhouse is also not fully formed as a prospect, and many teams will likely be scared off by him.
If Brickhouse doesn't show any improvement in his breaking stuff, his floor is a hard-throwing reliever. Notice I didn't say closer, because it's not guaranteed that his fastball will hold up in the bullpen or that he'll be able to have enough stuff down the road to hold down the ninth inning. Add into that the possibility that a hard-throwing high schooler might get injured and his floor is pretty low.
On the other hand, Brickhouse is like a cross between Bud Norris and Mike Foltynewicz. He doesn't have great size, but he's also not small. He could definitely slot into the middle of a rotation, a la Jordan Lyles, but with a better fastball. Like Norris, he looks like he'd sit with three pitches in the pros and his success will likely key off his fastball in that regard.
University of North Carolina
Will the pick him? If so, where?
Because of all the questions about him, I don't see Brickhouse going in the first round. However, a team like the Tampa Bay Rays, who have a ton of picks and some in the supplemental round, may take a flier on him and try to get him signed away from UNC. If he gets to the second or third round, Houston may take a shot on him like they did with Lyles or Ross Seaton and hope he develops as well as those two. With none of us being certain as to whether the Astros can sign guys over slot this draft, that seems unlikely to me.
Where is he projected to go right now?
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Brickhouse will show good stuff at times, but he doesn't always maintain it past a few innings or throw strikes with it. He has two plus pitches in a 90-93 mph fastball that peaks at 95 and a spike curveball with 11-5 break. The curve sometimes morphs into a slider, and he has the beginnings of a changeup.
Brickhouse is a loose lean righty with potential. His command is lacking and doesn't have the stuff of his former teammate Jameson Taillon. He needs to gain polish but has a good ceiling.
Strong-bodied young RHS w/chance to become middle-rotation ML starter. Must continue to refine location and repetition. Has the big body and the big arm to get there.