Brady Lail was drafted by the Yankees in the 18th round of the 2012 draft. Lail once ranked as our 14th overall prospect in the Yankees system and has worked to convert into a reliever to maximize his potential.
After being drafted out of high school, Lail spent his first season in pro ball in the Gulf Coast League. During his first season with the Yankees, he posted a 1.42 ERA over five appearances. Lail was extremely effective during those five appearances, posting a 0.79 WHIP.
Brady Lail began the 2013 season back in the GCL where he continued his dominance. Over 12 appearances, (11 starts) he posted a 2.33 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. Lail was not striking out hitters (8.50 SO/9), but he was not walking them either, walking only five batters in 54 innings.
Lail earned a promotion to High-A Tampa after compiling strong numbers in rookie ball. He made two appearances for Tampa, posting a 7.04 ERA in 7.2 innings.
Lail began 2014 in Charleston with the Riverdogs. He made 18 starts in Charleston where he posted a 3.71 ERA. He was able to limit walks in his time there, keeping his WHIP at 1.28.
After spending most of the season in Low-A, he was able to earn another promotion to Tampa. In his second stint with the team, Lail produced much better results. Over seven appearances, he flashed a 3.38 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Despite his overall success, Lail was having bigger issues finishing off hitters, only striking out 21 batters in 37.1 innings.
Brady Lail bounced all around the minor league system during the 2015 season, but primarily pitched for AA- Trenton. During his 20 appearances in AA, (19 starts) Lail continued his success — posting a 2.45 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Lail still was not racking up the punch outs, but he was finding ways to get hitters out — all while limiting walks.
The Yankees thought enough of him to promote him to AAA-Scranton, where he made seven more appearances. During his first stint with Scranton, Lail posted a 4.62 ERA and was having trouble keeping hitters off the base paths. The righty had the highest BB/9 of his professional career, (4.14) inflating his WHIP to 1.70.
Lail began his age-22 season in Trenton, where he looked to round back to form. His BB/9 was still much higher than his career average to that point, (3.41) but he was still able to produce results. Over 31.2 IP, Lail posted a 3.69 ERA.
After rebounding in AA, Lail went on to make 17 starts for AAA that season. Despite his success in Trenton, Lail went on to struggle in Scranton. He posted a 5.07 ERA and posted only a 5.65 SO/9.
The struggles in AAA continued for Lail throughout 2017. He was effective in his two starts with Trenton, posting a 2.13 ERA, but over 27 appearances in Scranton, he had a 5.17 ERA. Lail logged 132.1 innings in AAA working mainly as a starter (22 starts).
During the 2018 season, Brady Lail began his conversion to a reliever. He started his transformation in Trenton, where he worked on maximizing effort and pitching in shorter outings. His strikeout numbers skyrocketed, posting a SO/9 over 9 for the first time in his professional career. His ERA rose, but his ability to get strikeouts added another asset to his game.
Standing at 6’2 205 lbs., Lail has a strong and stocky build on the mound. He is a pitcher who works more off of his secondary pitches rather than his fastball to get outs. His fastball will not overpower anyone at the plate, but he has gained more velocity coming out of the bullpen. He flashes fastball, curveball, changeup, and slider.
Lail is a non-roster invitee to major league spring training this month, but we should expect to see him coming out of the bullpen for the Railriders to start the season.