Brad is in his fourth season with the Cubs after being acquired at the 2019 trade deadline from San Diego, joining his third organization... Has gone 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA (25 ER/59.2 IP) in 65 relief appearances with the Padres (2018-19) and Cubs (2019-21)... Has walked 24 and struck out 89, good for a 13.4 strikeouts per 9.0 IP ratio ... has limited hitters to a .191 average (42-for-220)... Owns a 20-18 record with a 3.17 ERA (115 ER/326.1 IP) in 191 minor league contests, including 23 starts... Originally selected by the Mets in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft... Was acquired by the Padres, June 13, 2015, as the PTBNL in a March 30 deal that sent P Cory Mazzoni and a PTBNL to the Mets... Attended Oklahoma City University where he pitched three complete games in 2013... Attended Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas, before transferring to Oklahoma City... Pitched four complete games with Frank Phillips and made first-team Western Junior College Athletic Conference (2012)... Graduated from Amarillo San Jacinto Christian High School (Texas).
Brad did not allow a run over 15 appearances in 2021, spanning 17.0 innings for the Cubs... Finished the season with the third-longest active scoreless streak by a reliever in the majors, trailing Casey Sadler (27.2) and Josh Hader (20.1)... Struck out 19 over his last seven appearances, including a career-high five on June 18 vs. Miami... Tied his career-high in innings pitched (2.0) and notched a season-high four strikeouts July 6 vs. Philadelphia... Was placed on the injured list July 9, with an irregular heartbeat and missed the rest of the season.
Brad made the Cubs Opening Day roster but appeared in just one game before being placed on the 10-day injured list July 26 with a right hamstring strain...was transferred to the 45-day injured list, August 18, and missed the rest of the season...Diagnosed with an intermittent "atrial flutter," an abnormal conduction of the heart, in Spring Training and underwent surgery to correct the issue on February 24 in Chicago.
Brad pitched in a career-high 44 major league contests between the Padres and Cubs ... was 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA (4 ER/10.0 IP) in 14 games with Chicago after being called up from Triple-A Iowa, on September 1...with the Cubs, held opponents to a .063 average (2-for-32) with a .211 OBP, .188 slugging mark and a .398 OPS...Was acquired by the Cubs at the trade deadline for pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and international bonus money...was optioned to Triple-A Iowa...Between the Padres and Cubs, was 2-2 with nine holds and a 5.71 ERA (22 ER/34.2 IP) in 44 relief appearances...struck out 49, walked 13 and held opponents to a .214 average (28-for-131) and a .297 OBP...In his 14 outings with Chicago, walked four, struck out 18 and allowed one home run...stranded 13 of 15 inherited runners...Made eight-straight scoreless appearances (6.0 IP), September 9-21...walked one and struck out 12 during the run...Appeared in six games with Iowa following the trade, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP)...struck out 11 batters...Began the season in the Padres system...appeared in 30 games as a reliever with San Diego, going 0-1 with eight holds and a 6.57 ERA (18 ER/24.2 IP)...struck out 31 batters while walking just nine...Went 1-1 with two saves and a 6.11 ERA (12 ER/17.2 IP) in 14 games with Triple-A El Paso, striking out 34 batters and walking six.
Split the season between San Antonio (AA) and El Paso (AAA) while making his ML debut with the Padres, recording five appearances out of the SD bullpen... Made 44 relief appearances between SA and ELP, pitching to a combined 4-2 record with a 2.53 ERA (13 ER, 46.1 IP) with 70 strikeouts against 17 walks...Named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star for SA after posting a 1.93 ERA (6 ER, 28.0 IP) over 27 games while converting 10 of his 12 save opportunities...earned the save in seven of his nine outings from 5/12-6/5 while with SA...Promoted to ELP on 6/24…did not allow a run in his final 10 regular season appearances and 11.1 IP from 7/18-9/3, going 3-0 with 23 SO against four BB and a .105 opponent average...Made two postseason relief appearances for ELP, going 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA (1 ER, 3.0 IP) with four SO...Earned his first career big league call up on 9/11 and made his ML debut on 9/14 vs. TEX, tossing a perfect eighth... allowed just one run over his five appearances and 7.0 IP with SD (1.29 ERA)...Tossed 2.0 IP on two occasions with the Padres (9/17 vs. SF and 9/22 at LAD)...recorded a career-high four strikeouts on 9/17 vs. SF...Limited opponents to a .125 average (3-for-24) on the season…lefties hit .083 (1-for-12) while righties hit .167 (2-for-12)...Did not walk a batter while striking out 10 while with SD...Relied on three pitches: four-seamer (65.6%), slider (32.3%) and changeup (2.2%).
Appeared in 31 games for San Antonio (AA) and nine games for El Paso (AAA), combining for a 2-1 record and a 4.06 ERA (17 ER, 37.2 IP)...Converted seven of his eight save opportunities with the Missions and posted a 2.64 ERA (9 ER, 30.2 IP) in his 31 appearances (all in relief)...Made his Triple-A debut on 6/27 vs. Sacramento (1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, SO, BB)...Worked a total of 7.0 IP for the Chihuahuas and posted a 10.29 ERA with eight SO and 10 BB...In the Missions' playoff run, made his first career postseason appearance on 9/7 vs. Midland...worked 1.0 IP without allowing a hit...in his second appearance on 9/9 at Midland, tossed 0.1 inning while allowing three runs (all earned) and three walks.
Split the season between Lake Elsinore (A) and San Antonio (AA), pitching to a combined 4-1 record in 41 relief appearances, posting a 1.17 ERA (8 ER, 61.1 IP) with 93 SO to 24 BB and a .202 opponents' average...Named a California League Mid-Season All-Star for Lake Elsinore...Missed some time with San Antonio while on the seven-day DL from 8/16-9/2.
Began the season with Savannah (A) before being traded to SD and splitting the remainder of the season between Fort Wayne (A) and Lake Elsinore (A)...Pitched to a 7-11 record in 23 combined starts for Savannah, Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore, posting a 4.09 ERA (56 ER, 123.1 IP) with 139 strikeouts SO against 40 BB...Acquired by SD as a PTBNL along with RHP Cory Mazzoni from NYM in exchange for LHP Alex Torres...Placed on the seven-day DL while with Lake Elsinore from 9/3-28, missing the remainder of the season.
Made his professional debut with Brooklyn (A), making 16 relief appearances and posting a 1-1 record with a 1.40 ERA (4 ER, 25.2 IP) and 39 strikeouts against six walks while limiting opponents to a .181 batting average.