In Part 1 of our chat with Brewers left-handed pitching prospect Brandon Knarr, we talked about his youth, growing up in baseball, his high school career, and his time at the College of Central Florida where he really developed.
That's where we start Part 2 of our conversation. After his strong junior college season, he stayed in Florida and joined the University of Tampa. The team won the Division 2 National Championship the year he committed, and frankly, they may have had a better team in 2020.
Knarr did make six starts before Covid shut down the season. He went 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA. In 35 1/3 innings, he had 64 strikeouts to go with just nine walks.
Unfortunately, the season was cut short and so was the MLB Draft. It was just five rounds, and while Knarr heard from some teams, he did not hear his name called in the draft.
However, after the draft, he listened to several offers, but you will definitely want to listen to his reasoning for choosing the Milwaukee Brewers over the Yankees and some other organizations.
We discussed his first seasons as a pro pitcher. He began 2022 in Wisconsin and went 7-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 10 starts. In 16 starts at Double-A Biloxi, he went 4-6 with a 3.64 ERA. Combined, he threw 146 1/3 innings and struck out 152 batters.
You will enjoy hearing about his impressive pitch-mix. Find out what he has done with his breaking ball to make it more effective.
Part 2 with Brandon Knarr is really interesting. Knarr does a great job of articulating his career, but also what he tries to do on the mound, and what he tries to do before and between starts.
In Part 3 later this week, we'll talk with Knarr about his upcoming offseason, analytics, and much more.
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