Bruihl was born and raised in Petaluma, California, where he graduated from Casa Grande High School. He had Tommy John surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow early in his junior season.
Bruihl returned to the mound in the second half of his senior year, although he was restricted to 17+13 innings worked, 27 strikeouts, and no earned runs.
Bruihl attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and was a member of the Cal Poly Mustangs baseball team. As a rookie, he led the club with 25 appearances, with a 1–3 record with a 4.88 earned run average (ERA) and 27 strikeouts in 31+13 innings thrown.
After the season, he transferred to Santa Rosa Junior College, where he went 7–0 with a 2.12 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 51 innings thrown. Bruihl had stated his intention to transfer to the University of California at the conclusion of his second season.
Bruihl was left off the postseason roster for the first two rounds but was added for the 2021 National League Championship Series, where he threw two scoreless innings while allowing only one hit and struck out five hitters.
Justin Bruihl Salary
Justin Bruihl earns $171,752 US dollars per year.