JOLIET, IL – Brent Headrick, a former Reed-Custer graduate, will make his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Drafted by the Twins in the ninth round in 2019, the 6-foot-6 right-hander has been working hard to improve his game over the last year. With an average fastball of 89 mph, Headrick’s projectable frame and fast-paced fastball has good swing-and-miss characteristics.
However, he has made significant improvements in his velocity, now reaching an average fastball of 91 mph, and has improved his pitch command. Working with Wichita pitching coaches, Headrick discovered a slider grip that felt right and helped him throw the slider more effectively, with his large hands adding to the grip’s effectiveness.
Headrick earned his promotion to Double-A in late July after posting a 2.13 ERA with 77 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 65 1/3 innings in High-A Cedar Rapids. He then posted a 3.54 ERA over his final nine starts, striking out 57 batters in 40 2/3 innings.