Brad J. Seitzer
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
Brad was taken by his brother's Kansas City Royals in the 37th round of the 1988 amateur draft but did not sign. The Baltimore Orioles then took him in the 11th round of the 1991 amateur draft, a good round for third basemen as Jeff Cirillo went four picks earlier and Joe Randa two picks prior. He split the summer between the Bluefield Orioles (.289/.360/.533 in 12 G) and Kane County Cougars (.279/.391/.376 in 58 G). With the Frederick Keys in 1992, he showed less contact but more power than would be his norm (.248/.314/.399, 14 HR) and he made 45 errors at 3B, fielding .898. He led Carolina League third basemen in errors.
In 1993, Seitzer moved to first base for Frederick and hit .253/.341/.390. His 16 errors at 1B were two shy of leader Steve Hinton. He went to the Milwaukee Brewers system in 1994 and returned to 3B. He batted .251/.360/.385 for the Beloit Brewers that year. During 1995, he hit .308/.410/.430 with 72 walks for the Stockton Ports. He hit for the cycle on September 1 and finished 11th in the California League in average, was second to Adam Riggs in OBP and was 6th in walks (between Armando Rios and Dickie Woodridge).
Brad continued his strong hitting with the 1996 El Paso Diablos, producing at a .319/.395/.513 clip with 31 doubles, 17 home runs and 87 RBI. He was among the Texas League leaders in average (3rd behind Todd Dunn and Kary Bridges), OBP (6th, between Paul Konerko and Benji Simonton), slugging (5th, between Doug Mirabelli and Jonas Hamlin), OPS (4th, between Konerko and Larry Sutton), runs (79, tied for 9th with Konerko and Jeff Berblinger), doubles (tied for 7th) and RBI (3rd, 7 behind co-leaders Hamlin and Bubba Smith). He was 4th in the Brewers chain in doubles and fifth in RBI. He was named the TL All-Star third baseman.
Seitzer hit .305 for the 1996-1997 Guasave Cotton Growers, good for 9th in the Mexican Pacific League. In the summer of '97, the Illinois native got to pack his bags a lot. He played for the Brewers' Tucson Toros (.316/.376/.513, 50 R in 62 G), the Montreal Expos' Ottawa Lynx (.250/.354/.321 in 18 G), the Kansas City Royals' Omaha Royals (.190/.246/.238 in 21 G) and the Seattle Mariners' Memphis Chicks (.329/.385/.557 in 17 G), thus making stops in all three AAA leagues and a AA loop in one year. Adding more mileage, he returned to Mexico for the winter and batted .316. He was third in the LMP in average behind Matt Stark and Erubiel Durazo and tied Stark and Darryl Brinkley for the hit lead at 67.
Now 28 years old, Seitzer played his first full year at AAA and did well, hitting .300/.393/.466 with 35 doubles, 14 home runs, 74 runs and 68 walks for the Tacoma Rainiers, though he fielded just .915 at 3B. His 26 miscues led third basemen in the 1998 Pacific Coast League. He tied Mike Coolbaugh and Jorge Velandia for 7th in the PCL in doubles and was 7th in walks, between Frank Menechino and Chris Sheff. He fell to .283 for Guasave in 1998-1999.
In '99, Brad batted .287/.395/.420 with 34 doubles, 80 runs and 89 walks for Tacoma while fielding .928. He led the 1999 PCL in walks, 10 ahead of David Ortiz and Dusty Allen. In the Brewers chain, he was second to Bo Robinson in walks, tied Juan Silvestre for second in doubles (behind Robinson) and ranked 6th in runs. He batted .305 for the 1999-2000 Cotton Dealers, 9th in the Mexican Pacific League in average (between Luis Arredondo and Hensley Meulens) and tying Kevin Grijak for second with 17 doubles (one behind Cornelio Garcia).
Leaving the Mariners system after 2+ years, Seitzer went to the Chicago White Sox and hit .293/.393/.494 for the 2000 Charlotte Knights. After several solid winters in Mexico, Seitzer spent the summer there as well in 2001, his final season. He hit .306/.383/.416 between the Cancun Langosteros and Veracruz Rojos.
Overall, Seitzer showed a similar offensive profile to his brother. He hit .285/.374/.434 in 1,219 minor league games, with 632 runs, 651 RBI, 263 doubles, 114 home runs and 600 walks. He fielded .913 in 790 games at 3B and .988 in 244 games at 1B. He played every position except for catcher and center field during his career.
- 1992-2002 Baseball Almanacs