Brody Koerner was drafted out of Clemson in the 17th round of the 2015 draft by the Yankees. Koerner has moved quickly through the minor league ranks — reaching AAA at the end of 2018.
Koerner started his professional career in rookie ball in the Appalachian League. During his short time there, he worked effectively out of the bullpen. Koerner posted a 1.00 ERA over his 13 appearances with 18 strikeouts.
Koerner was eventually promoted to Charleston where he continued to dominate. He posted a 1.59 ERA over eight appearances at the next level. Between the two levels, he posted a 1.23 ERA over 21 appearances.
Brody Koerner began 2016 with Charleston, where he began to work as a starter. After making three starts and posting a 1.74 ERA — Koerner received the call to Tampa.
He was able to make two starts in Tampa before suffering a stress fracture that ended his season. Despite only making two starts, Koerner posted a 2.03 ERA over 13.1 innings pitched.
Looking to bounce back from a season-ending injury in 2016, Koerner began the season with Tampa. He was able to continue his dominance of the lower levels for the first part of the season, posting a 2.45 ERA over six starts. Also, Koerner limited the walks he issued — only allowing nine free passes over 36.2 innings pitched.
Koerner struggled for the first time in professional ball, however, once he was promoted to Trenton. In 12 starts for the Thunder, Koerner posted a 4.08 ERA. He was still limiting walks — 20 walks in 70.2 IP — but was having a hard time putting away hitters. Hitters posted a .292 batting average against, the second highest of his minor league career.
Brody Koerner began the 2018 season back in AA with the Thunder. His second time with Trenton was much better — posting a 3.33 ERA over 12 appearances. Koerner went back to mainly working out of the bullpen and saw immediate results. He made two starts over those 12 appearances, however, showing he could make a spot start if needed.
After being moved to AAA Scranton, Koerner struggled a bit more. Over nine appearances — five of those starts — he posted a 5.65 ERA. Koerner again was limiting walks but allowing contact, posting a .276 BAA over 36.2 IP.
At 6’2 220 lbs., Koerner is of average size for a pitcher. He primarily features four pitches — fastball, sinker, slider, and changeup. His fastball sits in the low to mid 90’s, topping out at around 94 mph. The sinker —which he considers his best pitch — has been proven to be his go-to whenever he needs a ground ball. His slider averages between 82-84 mph with some sharp break through the zone. Finally, his changeup has a good amount of separation from his fastball, averaging between 79-82 mph.
Expect Koerner to begin the 2019 season back with Scranton, but if injuries happen with the big league club, expect him to make his major league debut at some point.