Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/21/12
DAVID BROMBERG RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: September 14, 1987 Height: 6’5″ Weight: 245 Bats: Left Throws: Right Drafted: 32nd round, 975th overall, 2005 (Twins) How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent College: Santa Ana (CA) JC Agent: LSW Baseball WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Bromberg signed with the Twins as a draft-and-follow.  He was highly regarded as a prospect as he moved up through their system, but he got derailed by injury in 2011, after he’d made their 40-man roster.  Prior to the injury, he threw a four-seam fastball that reached the mid-90s, as well as a two-seamer that ranged from 86-92.  His best pitch was a curve and he had a developing change.  He’s a flyball pitcher but hasn’t had significant gopher ball problems.  The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2013, with an invitation to spring training. 2006 R:  3-3-0, 2.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 50.2 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 5.5 K/9 Bromberg had a good debut in rookie ball, although he didn’t fan many hitters. 2007 R+:  9-0-0, 2.78 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 58.1 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 12.5 K/9 In advanced rookie ball, Bromberg held opponents to a .211 average and posted an extremely high K rate, but had some control problems.  Baseball America rated him the Twins’ 15th best prospect after the season. 2008 A:  9-10-0, 4.44 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 150.0 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 10.6 K/9 In low A, Bromberg posted impressive BB and K rates.  In fact, he led the minor leagues with 177 strikeouts.  His overall pitching was a bit better than his ERA. 2009 A+:  13-4-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 153.1 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 8.7 K/9 Bromberg had an impressive season, although pitching in the Florida State League probably helped.  He did lose some ground with his walk and K rates.  BA rated him the Twins’ 9th best prospect after the season. 2010 AA:  5-5-0, 3.62 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 99.1 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 5.9 K/9 AAA:  1-4-0, 3.98 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 52.0 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 8.1 K/9 Bromberg didn’t pitch especially well in AA, allowing more than a hit per inning and seeing his K rate drop sharply.  For some reason, he pitched much better in AAA, the higher ERA notwithstanding.  The Twins added him to the roster after the season. 2011 R:  0-0-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 5.4 BB/9, 9.0 K/9 AA:  1-3-0, 6.08 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 37.0 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 5.6 K/9 Bromberg got off to a good start in AA, but got hit in his pitching arm with a line drive.  The injury required the insertions of five pins.  He struggled after he returned late in the season.  The Twins removed him from the 40-man roster in the off-season. 2012 R:  0-0-0, 18.00 ERA, 3.50 WHIP, 2.0 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 13.5 K/9 AA:  3-2-0, 3.75 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 72.0 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 8.5 K/9 AAA:  1-2-0, 2.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 19.2 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 7.3 K/9 The Twins started using Bromberg primarily out of the bullpen; between AA and AAA he made 10 starts and 23 relief appearances.  He pitched reasonably well considering the time he’d missed, but he had more trouble with his control than he’d had prior to 2011. It’s hard to say how much Bromberg might still have been affected in 2012 by the 2011 arm injury.  He might be helped by a move to the bullpen.  He should be in Indianapolis to open 2013. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: $40,000 MiLB Debut: 2006 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2013 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible Added to 40-Man: 11/19/10 Options Remaining: 2 (USED:  2011) MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS June 8, 2005: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 32nd round, 975th overall pick; signed on May 22, 2006. November 19, 2010: Contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins. November 18, 2011: Outrighted to AAA by the Minnesota Twins. November 3, 2012: Became a free agent. November 21, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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