D.O.B.: September 14, 1987
The Minnesota Twins drafted David Bromberg in the 32nd round of the 2005 draft out of Palisades High (CA), though he did not sign with the team. Instead, Bromberg headed to Santa Ana Junior College, where he would pitch very well. Bromberg would eventually sign with the Twins as a draft-and-follow in 2006, and he would make his professional debut that same year.
In 2006, Bromberg was a member of the Gulf Coast League Twins, where he was one of the top starters on the team. He pitched very well for the GCL Twins, posting a 2.66 earned run average in ten starts, notching two complete games. Opponents batted only .230 against him during the season, as he won three games, and he struck out 31 in 50 innings of work.
The following season, Bromberg would head to Elizabethton, where he would have arguably the best season of any Twins prospect. He went a perfect 9-0 for the Twins, leading the team to the Appalachian League championship game, and once again had an earned run average under 3.00. Overall, Bromberg struck out 81 batters in a little over 58 innings of work, and opponents hit only .211 against him.
For his efforts, Bromberg was named an Appalachian League All-Star, as well as the league's Pitcher of the Year. He won the league's weekly pitcher award and Baseball America named him a Rookie League All-Star. He would be slated for Beloit the following season.
In 2008, Bromberg would get his first taste of full-season baseball, and he once again showed dominant stuff. The young right-hander struck out 177 batters in 150 innings of work, as he anchored the rotation throughout the season. Although his earned run average was a bit high for his standards, he still had a very successful season.
Bromberg's 177 strikeouts were the most of any prospect in all of Minor League Baseball, and it was good to see him shake off a tough first half to end the season well. Once he got control of his curveball, Bromberg once again looked like the pitcher that made him the number three prospect in the Appalachian League in 2007.
Bromberg is slated to open the 2009 season with the Fort Myers Miracle, where he is penciled into the starting rotation.
Repertoire. Four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, curveball, circle changeup.
Fastball. Bromberg uses two different fastballs, which are both dominant at times. His four-seam fastball can get cranked up to 95 miles per hour, and he has the ability to throw it for strikes. The two-seamer sits in the low-90s, and he says that he can control that better.
Other pitches. Bromberg also throws a curveball and a circle changeup, with him saying that his curveball is his strikeout pitch. The young right-hander throws his curveball at two different speeds, with his slurve being in the low-80s. His regular curveball sits in the high 70s, and he mixes in a circle changeup. The circle changeup has screwball movement to it, and is a great compliment to his other three pitches.
Projection. Bromberg projects to be a starting pitcher, as he has been in this role throughout his minor league career. He has made a couple of appearances out of the bullpen but his four-pitch arsenal makes him a definite starter. He is labeled an "innings eater", drawing a lot of comparisons to fellow Twins prospect Alex Burnett. He will once again be a starter in 2009, and I do not expect him to be moved.
ETA. 2011. The Twins have been taking a step-by-step approach with Bromberg since he came into the organization, and it is likely to stay that way. He will be in Fort Myers to open the 2009 season, and will likely be there all year. He is still very young, and will be only 21 throughout the 2009 season, so there is no rush to get him to New Britain. He will be a main pitcher for the Miracle, and will be at the top of the league's earned run average and strikeout leaders.