Bruney is fat, has had injury issues each of the last two years, and has a walked 13.1% of the batters he faced in 2009, which is worse than Zach Segovia (12.8%) but not quite as bad as Wil Ledezma (13.3%). He also strikes out a decent number of guys, and has pitched in some pressure packed situations, posting a leverage index over 1.0 in 34 innings in 2008. Bill Ladson says he'll be a set-up man.
Bruney was a Rizzo draft pick in 2000, so either Mike knows more about him than anyone else, or we're seeing him turn the Cincinnati Nationals into the Washington Diamondbacks.
Bruney also grew up in Astoria, Oregon, the town where Goonies was filmed, so he shall hereafter be known as "Chunk."
- Update: The PTBNL is the first overall pick in the Rule 5 draft (interesting--I didn't realize that you could do this to in essence trade rule 5 picks). And the Nationals cut Saul Rivera to make room for Bruney. Big thumbs down on this one. Rivera is probably better than Bruney anyway, and certainly I don't think that Bruney is better than every rule 5 eligible player in all of baseball.