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Braden Bishop
Trending: ↓ 7%
CF | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 178LBS | Age: 27

Draft: 2015 | Rd: 3, #94, Seattle Mariners | Washington
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2020 18 16 1 3 0 3 1 .188 .278 .250 .528
2 Seasons 78 72 4 9 0 7 1 .125 .182 .139 .321
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2020 .188 0 3 1 .528
2 Seasons .125 0 7 1 .321

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 SEA AL 27 60 56 3 6 0 0 0 4 3 21 0 0 0 .107 .153 .107 .260
2020 SEA AL 7 18 16 1 3 1 0 0 3 1 8 1 0 1 .188 .278 .250 .528
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 SEA AL 60 6 27 1 0 .171 0 0 2 248 4.133 .350 .000 .143 .000 .000 0
2020 SEA AL 18 4 7 0 0 .375 1 0 2 63 3.500 .444 .000 .125 .063 .063 0

Scouting Report

2020

If it weren’t for the injury bug, Bishop would have likely graduated off this list some time ago. The third-round pick out of the University of Washington in 2015 had reached Double-A in 2017 and was spending the season there in 2018 when a broken arm ended his season in July. He still earned a spot on the 40-man roster and moved up to Triple-A in 2019, earning his first call up to the big leagues at the end of April. A lacerated spleen shelved him again in June, though he did return and made it back to Seattle in September.

The thing that will get Bishop back to the big leagues continues to be his defensive play. He uses his plus speed to cover a ton of ground and that, combined with his instincts, reads and routes, makes him one of the best defensive center field prospects in the game. He has added strength over time and made changes to his swing to try to create more leverage and launch angle. He was driving the ball more in Triple-A before the injury, though he’ll always be a contact first, hit over power type. 

Bishop likely profiles best as a fourth outfielder at this point, with the knowledge that he could play center field every day and immediately be one of the better defenders in baseball. Totally healthy now, Bishop still has time to make a more impactful contribution to the Mariners outfield, though the clock is ticking.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 65 | Arm: 55 | Field: 65 | Overall: 45

The epitome of the local kid done good, Bishop went to high school in California and was a 36th-round Draft pick of the Braves in 2012, then spent three solid years at the University of Washington. The local team, the Mariners, liked his profile in center field enough to take him in the third round of the 2015 Draft. Though a broken arm caused by a hit by pitch ended his season in late July 2018, the Texas League All-Star was added to the 40-man roster during the offseason.

Bishop's calling card is still his play in center field, though he has made strides at the plate. He uses his outstanding speed to cover a lot of ground and is a premium defender up the middle, with a strong arm to boot. While his offensive game is still very much contact-oriented, Bishop has embraced changes to his swing, including the lowering of his hands and more of a leg kick to get more launch angle, and is impacting the ball more consistently. He's still controlling the strike zone well, drawing walks and limiting strikeouts, but he is driving the ball more and has a higher ISO in 2018 as evidence, with most of his home run juice coming to the pull side.

The Mariners have talked to Bishop about reincorporating basestealing into his offensive game. He swiped 22 bases in 2017, but only five a year later. If his offense keeps ticking upward and he can be more aggressive on the basepaths, he has the chance to be an everyday catalyst in center field and at or near the top of a big league lineup.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 65 | Arm: 55 | Field: 65 | Overall: 50

A two-time member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team during his time at Washington, Bishop's abilities in center field have never been questioned. His hitting ability, on the other hand, drew mixed reviews from scouts leading up to the 2015 Draft. The Mariners, believing in his bat, selected him in the third round, and then watched him reach Double-A in his second full season. Returning to the level in 2018, Bishop was named a Texas League midseason All-Star before an errant pitch resulted in a broken arm and effectively ended his season in late July. 

 Bishop impacts the baseball more consistently now after lowering his hands in his setup at the plate -- an adjustment that has been at heart of his uptick in production. He stands to improve upon those marks as he continues to clean up his swing, though it's unlikely that he'll ever offer much in the way of over-the-fence power. A well-above-average runner and defender, Bishop is graceful in center field with his great jumps and exceptional range. That speed also makes him a threat on the basepaths, though he still has gains to make with both his technique and feel for reading pitchers.

 Bishop's bat will need to continue to develop for him to reach his ceiling as a top-of-the-order center fielder. Even if it doesn't, Bishop has the contact skills and speed-defense combo to be a productive fourth outfielder at the highest level.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 65 | Arm: 55 | Field: 65 | Overall: 50

A two-time member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team during his time at Washington, Bishop's abilities in center field have never been questioned. His hitting ability, on the other hand, drew mixed reviews from scouts leading up to the 2015 Draft. The Mariners, believing in his bat, took him in the third round of the Draft, and he rewarded them in his pro debut by finishing second in the Class A Short Season Northwest League with a .320 average. He made his full-season debut in '16, splitting the year between the Midwest and California Leagues, and then returned to the latter stop in 2017 to earn All-Star honors before moving up to Double-A in July.

A well-above-average runner and defender, Bishop makes it look easy in center field with his great jumps and exceptional range. That speed also makes him a threat on the basepaths, though he does have gains to make with both his technique and feel for reading pitchers. Offensively, Bishop has good bat speed from the right side of the plate, and he's shorter to the ball now after working with the Mariners to clean up his swing last summer. He should add some strength as he matures, which should lead to more gap power, but he's never going to be a home-run threat.

Whether Bishop can reach his ceiling as a top-of-the-order center fielder will depend on how much his bat develops moving forward. Even if it doesn't, he still has a chance to be a big leaguer based on the merits of his speed-defense combo.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 35 | Run: 65 | Arm: 50 | Field: 65 | Overall: 45

Bishop showcased well-above-average speed and defense as Washington's center fielder, but scouts continued to question his hitting ability leading up to the 2015 Draft. The Mariners felt confident enough in his bat to take him in the third round of the Draft, and he quickly validated their assessment in his pro debut by hitting .320 and finishing second in the Class A Short Season Northwest League.

Named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team two years in a row, Bishop is a true center fielder who takes good routes and gets good reads on fly balls, using his outstanding speed to his advantage. An aggressive baserunner, Bishop will be a basestealing threat at the next level, though he does have gains to make with both his technique and feel for reading pitchers. 

Whether he can profile as a top-of-the-order regular will depend on how much his bat develops. He does have some bat speed with an ability to hit the gaps with line drives, and he's shorter to the ball now after the Mariners helped him clean up his swing last summer. He should add some strength as he matures, which should lead to more gap power, but he's never going to be a home run threat. If all goes as planned with his development, Bishop could be manning center field and hitting at or near the top of the lineup for the Mariners in several years.


2015

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 35 | Run: 65 | Arm: 50 | Field: 65 | Overall: 45 

There's no question Bishop can run. And he can flat-out play the outfield. The big question entering the Draft was whether the Washington center fielder could hit. The Mariners felt confident enough in his offensive ability to take him in the third round of the Draft.

Named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team two years in a row, Bishop is a true center fielder who takes good routes and gets good reads on fly balls, using his outstanding speed to his advantage. He has a solid average, and accurate arm. An aggressive baserunner, Bishop will be a basestealing threat at the next level. Whether he can profile as a top-of-the-order regular will depend on how much his bat develops. He does have some bat speed with an ability to hit the gaps with line drives. He should add some strength as he matures.

Bishop went to the short-season Northwest League for his pro debut, immediately taking over in center field and hitting at or near the top of the lineup. That's exactly where the Mariners hope he is in Seattle in a few years.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 248 36 0 0.0 83.1 13 19.4 .155 .190 .124 .177 .242 13.9 35.0 5.0
2020 63 8 0 0.0 86 4.5 37.5 .134 .156 .243 .189 .249 12.5 44.4 5.6
ALL 311 44 0 0.0 83.7 11.4 22.7 .150 .182 .151 .180 .243 13.6 37.2 5.1
MLB 43265 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .416 .317 .322 .378 34.8 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/01/2020 Seattle Mariners optioned CF Braden Bishop to Mariners Alternate Training Site.
08/31/2020 Seattle Mariners recalled CF Braden Bishop from Mariners Alternate Training Site.
08/30/2020 Seattle Mariners optioned CF Braden Bishop to Mariners Alternate Training Site.
08/19/2020 Seattle Mariners recalled Braden Bishop from Mariners Alternate Training Site.
03/10/2020 Seattle Mariners optioned CF Braden Bishop to Tacoma Rainiers.
09/01/2019 Braden Bishop roster status changed by Seattle Mariners.
08/23/2019 Seattle Mariners sent OF Braden Bishop on a rehab assignment to Tacoma Rainiers.
08/13/2019 Seattle Mariners sent CF Braden Bishop on a rehab assignment to Modesto Nuts.
06/05/2019 Seattle Mariners placed CF Braden Bishop on the 10-day injured list. Lacerated spleen.
06/02/2019 Seattle Mariners recalled CF Braden Bishop from Tacoma Rainiers.
05/12/2019 Seattle Mariners optioned CF Braden Bishop to Tacoma Rainiers.
04/30/2019 Seattle Mariners recalled Braden Bishop from Tacoma Rainiers.
03/23/2019 Seattle Mariners optioned CF Braden Bishop to Tacoma Rainiers.
11/16/2018 Seattle Mariners selected the contract of Braden Bishop from Arkansas Travelers.
09/20/2018 Arkansas Travelers activated CF Braden Bishop from the 7-day disabled list.
07/20/2018 Arkansas Travelers placed CF Braden Bishop on the 7-day disabled list.
01/16/2018 Seattle Mariners invited non-roster CF Braden Bishop to spring training.
07/22/2017 CF Braden Bishop assigned to Arkansas Travelers from Modesto Nuts.
02/28/2017 OF Braden Bishop assigned to Seattle Mariners.
08/23/2016 Braden Bishop roster status changed by Bakersfield Blaze.
08/13/2016 Bakersfield Blaze placed OF Braden Bishop on the 7-day disabled list.
06/29/2016 OF Braden Bishop assigned to Bakersfield Blaze from Clinton LumberKings.
04/03/2016 OF Braden Bishop assigned to Clinton LumberKings from Everett AquaSox.
03/06/2016 OF Braden Bishop assigned to Seattle Mariners.
06/15/2015 Seattle Mariners signed OF Braden Bishop.
06/15/2015 OF Braden Bishop assigned to Everett AquaSox.