The Pirates signed Brandan Bidois out of Australia in late 2019. Bidois did not pitch in 2020, albeit no minor leaguer did. In 2021, the right-hander pitched just six innings before landing on the IL, causing him to miss most of the 2021 campaign and all of 2022. However, he returned in 2023 and pitched relatively well.
Bidois pitched 22.2 innings this year, working to a 1.99 ERA, 3.19 FIP, and 1.28 WHIP. He struck out over 40% of the batters he faced with a 41.6% strikeout rate, the 10th highest strikeout rate among minor leaguers with 20+ frames. Bidois allowed just one home run, and batters hit .171 against him. But while batters didn’t get hits off of him, they did draw a ton of walks, as Bidois dished out a free pass 14.9% of the time.
Bidois throws relatively hard, as his fastball sits around the mid-90s. He doesn’t spin the ball like Walsh does, but he does have above-average RPM on his three offerings. His secondary offerings include a cutter and a slider. Both average out around 2500+ RPM. Bidois struggles with command, and that could affect his long-term outlook.
There are a lot of prospects with great stuff, but mediocre command that don’t pan out, but Bidois is still young and will only be 22 until late June next year. He should join Walsh at Greensboro next season and definitely has the potential to be a top relief prospect in the system.