We have heard a lot of Cade Cavalli this season. We’ve heard some about Jackson Rutledge. Cole Henry and Matt Cronin continue to entice us, and we await the return to the Major Leagues by former first round pick, Seth Romero. You know one pitcher we haven’t talked about much? Ben Braymer. Well, the left hander had himself quite a month pitching for the Washington Nationals top minor league affiliate in Rochester.
Braymer has been named the Pitcher of the Month for August after straight dealing in six appearances in Triple-A.
After pitching in three games during the 2020 season, including one start where he surrendered just one hit to a Miami Marlins team, Braymer was a long shot to make the bullpen out of spring in 2021. When camp broke, he was shuttled to the minors, and when Gerardo Parra needed a spot on the 40-man roster, Braymer was designated for assignment.
He cleared waivers, however, and stuck with the team who drafted him in the 18th round of 2016. The year hasn’t gone as expected for Braymer, as he has struggled to find the strike zone and has watched his ERA balloon.
Nationals minor leaguer Ben Braymer has been named Pitcher of the Month in Triple-A East for the month of August.
Braymer made five starts and didn’t allow a run in three of them during the month of August. Out of the six appearances he made, one coming in relief, he allowed two or fewer hits in four of them. Braymer finished 4-0 with a 3.09 earned run average.
At 27 years old, Braymer does not find himself on any prospect lists, and as mentioned above, isn’t even on the team’s 40-man roster. His hopes of getting back to the big leagues this year are non existent.
However, this is a notch in his belt as he does try to right his ship. Undoubtedly a minor league free agent in the offseason, Braymer is auditioning every time he takes the mound. A solid month surely didn’t go unnoticed by scouts around the league. He’ll have to work his way up, but Braymer shouldn’t have a problem finding a job. If he can fix his strike to ball ratio, he could become a left handed reliever in a Major League bullpen one day.