5'9" 180 lbs DOB: 10/9/1991
Bats: Right (Switch) | Throws: Right
2010: Gulf Coast Rays
Acquired: 2010 Draft, 3rd Round
The Rays third-round pick (and third hitter selected from the state of Washington), Brett doesn't have the ultimate ceiling of Josh Sale or Drew Vettleson, but still offers an exciting package of tools for a middle infielder. He also signed in time to get a month's worth of games in the Gulf Coast League, where he tore it up early before cooling late.
He was hitting .500 through his first week and a half or so, and finished a hair over .300. He used his plus speed to hit a pair of triples and steal 12 bases while only being caught three times. He showed good plate discipline and coverage, walking 8 times and striking out 17 times in 27 games. He played almost all of his games at second base, but also got a taste of shortstop.
His size (5'9" and 180 pounds) and speed fit a certain profile, but he's got good line-drive power and consistently hits the ball with authority. He's strong, having worked out with Josh Sale, and can pop the occasional home run, but his raw power is below average. He's a top-of-the-order type player, and would be an ideal #2 hitter if he hit his ceiling. He flirted with switch-hitting in high school, but I believe he hit exclusively from the right side as a pro. His hit tool is very good with plus potential; he shouldn't have much trouble at the plate.
There are more questions about him in the field. He doesn't have the fielding tools to play shortstop, but has the chance to be at least average at second base if he continues to improve his footwork and fielding actions. His arm is fine, and if second base doesn't work out, he can play center field, where his plus speed would give him good-to-excellent range.
Where he ends up in 2011 isn't clear. The Rays err on the conservative side, but if they start Sale, Vettleson, and Justin O'Conner out in full-season ball, there's a chance Brett showed them enough his debut to join them. More likely, he'll begin the year in extended spring training and eventually play with Hudson Valley or Princeton.