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College righty Brattvet's future may be in relief

College righty Brattvet's future may be in relief

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College righty Brattvet's future may be in relief

Drafted in the eighth round (255th overall) by the Reds, right-hander Scott Brattvet is relatively new to starting, beginning as a reliever at the junior college level before transferring to CSU Bakersfield and moving into the rotation in 2012.

And that's where the Reds want him to stay.

"He's a starter," senior director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley said. "We like him, and he throws three pitches for strikes."

In his first season as a regular starter in 2012, Brattvet went 6-5 with a 4.75 ERA that season. He posted three complete games in 14 starts and struck out 66 in 91 innings.

This season, he settled in as the Saturday starter by going 9-1 with a 2.55 ERA over 15 starts.

Although the Reds want him in the rotation, Brattvet said he would be open to to do whatever the club asks of him.

"I thought I might be a reliever because if I come out of the bullpen, I could increase the velocity on my fastball a little bit," Brattvet said. "But I'm just going to see how it goes."

His fastball sits in the low-90s and can reach the mid-90s at times. He combines it with a good slider. The one factor that could push Brattvet to the bullpen is that his command is often lacking. He walked 42 batters in 2013, which led his team by 11.

For now, though, Brattvet isn't as worried about where he might end up as much as he's just enjoying the moment.

"It was a surreal feeling," Brattvet said of being drafted. "It's like a dream come true. I was sitting there with my dad, and it was just awesome to hear my name."

Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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