Selected in the 42nd round of the 2008 draft, Brad Brach was not on the radar of many Padres fans. Brach was a starting pitcher at Monmouth University and even though he finished his college career as the school leader in wins and stikeouts, the 42nd round pick was not highly decorated. The Padres moved Brach to the bullpen and he has not looked back. With an amazing stickout to walk ratio, Brach has flown through the system. On the way breaking the CAL record for saves in a season with the Lake Elsinore Storm in 2010.
Brach started the 2011 season with the eventual Texas League Champions, the San Antonio Missions. After posting great numbers in San Antonio, Brach moved up to Tucson, appearing in just 25 games before he was called up to San Diego. Brach works fast and has a bulldog mentality on the mound. I recently caught up with Brad and he talked about Cal Ripken, Heath Bell, and Giants football.
Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
Cal Ripken Jr.