With their 15th round (453rd overall) pick, the St. Louis Cardinals have selected RHP Michael Brettell.
Hometown: Fonthill, Ont.
Height/Weight: 6’ 4” 210 lbs.
Team: Central Michigan University
Coach: Steve Jaksa
Past Teams: Great Lake Canadians, Canadian Junior National Team
Past coaches: Adam Stern, Chris Robinson, Greg Hamilton
Twitter Handle: @brettell10
Brettell had his best season by far in a Chippewa uniform in 2018, throwing the most innings in his career while slashing his walk rate and increasing his strikeout rate. He’s a true sinkerballer who shows the ability to dominate with one pitch, and offers some intriguing right-on-right matchup potential at the professional level. He’s been up to 95 mph with his sinker as a starter and the pitch offers tremendous life, and some scouts believe he could consistently sustain mid-90s or higher out of the bullpen. His slider has come a long way in two years and now will show as an average pitch with relative frequency.
2018 season as a junior at Central Michigan: 4.74 ERA, 6-7 in 15 starts ... Walked 32 and struck out 72 in 93 innings ... Held opponents to .276 average ... Gave up six runs on six hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings, while striking out two facing No. 1 ranked Kent State in MAC tourney ... Took loss against Miami (Ohio) working 6 2/3 innings allowing four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and two walks, as he struck out three ... Pitched complete game 5-2 to Eastern Michigan allowing five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and one walk, while striking out five ... Worked six innings for the win against Bowling Green State allowing three runs -- two earned -- on three hits and two walks, as he fanned four ... Another quality outing (one run in seven innings) to beat Toledo as he gave up five hits and walked four, while he fanned three ... Took loss against Toledo, allowing nine runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning four in 2 1/3 innings ... Picked up win over Kent State Golden Flashes pitching 7 2/3 innings allowing one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight ... Gained victory against Bell State working seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, as he struck out seven ... Worked nine-inning complete game win over Northern Illinois, allowing one run on six hits and three walks, striking out six ... Gave up three runs on three hits and five walks, striking out seven against Northwestern ... Pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing two unearned runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out a pair facing South Florida ... Allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out five in 6 1/3 innings against Purdue ... Gave up 12 runs on 12 hits and four walks in two innings against New Mexico ... Fanned 10, allowed six hits and one run in seven innings beating Stephen F. Austin
2017 season as a sophomore at Central Michigan: Went 6-5 with a 4.26 ERA … Walked 34, struck out 43 (fourth on team) in 69 2/3 innings ... Made 23 appearances (eight starts, 15 in relief) … Led team, fifth in the MAC with a .229 opponent batting average … Gave up 12 extra-base hits ... Picked up win, giving up three runs on four hits and striking out a season-high six batters over six innings vs. Northwestern ... Started against Oakland, giving up one hit and striking out four over three scoreless innings ... Allowed one hit in four solid innings of relief to pick up the win against Western Michigan ... Picked up win in relief at Kent State, only allowing a walk over 3 2/3 innings ... In best outing, allowed two hits, one walk over seven scoreless innings in 4-2 loss vs. Eastern Michigan in the MAC Tourney.
2017 Honours: MAC West Pitcher of the Week after outstanding outing against Kent State Golden Flashes
2015 Honours: Selected to Tournament 12 All-Tournament ... Earned Perfect Game Preseason Canada/Puerto Rico Region Senior First Team honours.