Position: Right-Handed Pitcher.
Height/ Weight: 6’3’’ 198 lbs.
Age: 22 years old on Opening Day (As a December birthday, Ryan will be 22 all season).
Drafted: By the Twins in the 2nd Round of 2013 (43rd overall) [Note: previously drafted by the Rockies in the 19th Round of 2010 (590th overall)].
Signing Bonus: $1,294,100 (Note: this amount was the MLB-assigned value for the 43rd selection)
College: Louisiana State University
2013 College Stats: Ryan was LSU’s Saturday starter in 2013 pitching behind Aaron Nola who currently projects to be a mid-1st round selection in 2014:
Pre-Draft Sentiment: Baseball America (37th-ranked prospect); ESPN’s Keith Law (59th-ranked prospect). I only have pay-access to ESPN so I can only share Law’s pre-draft analysis. Law characterized Ryan’s ceiling as “a league-average starter.” The key takeaways from his analysis:
· Fastball is 91-94 mph, “without great life but gets some deception from his delivery that lets him put the fastball past college hitters up in the zone”;
· Changeup is 79-81 mph “with very good arm speed and feel”;
· Curveball is “slurvy at 77-79 [mph], lacking the depth of a true curve or the plate-crossing tilt of a true slider”;
· Needs to get stronger, “more for durability than added velocity”; and
· Needs to “switch to either a true curve or a true slider”.
Below is a post-draft scouting report from Bleacher Reports which generally concurs with Law's analysis and makes a MLB comp of Alex Cobb (we'd take it!):
2013 Minor League Stats: After signing, Ryan joined the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian Rookie League where he made 10 relief appearances:
2014 Twins Prospect Rankings: Minorleagueball.com (No. 20); MLB.com (outside top 20); ESPN (outside top 10); Fangraphs (outside top 15); Baseball America (outside top 15); Baseball Prospectus (outside top 10).
2014 Assignment: Ryan will begin 2014 as part of the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ starting rotation.
Videos: Below are links to three short videos featuring Ryan:
On the mound for LSU ( shot from behind the plate):
Working out this off-season (he is fit):
Another off-season work out video (at the 1:39 mark he discusses his pitching style, the pitches he throws, and his pitch grips):
Tidbits: Native of Slidell, LA . . . Tore his labrum as a high-school junior . . . Surgery to repair his shoulder was performed by Dr. James Andrews . . . Did not pitch as a high-school senior . . . Named 2011 Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year . . . Late father, Ned, was a catcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization . . . Majored in Sports Administration-Commerce at LSU . . . Recently engaged to Alexa Hardy.
Twitter: @R_Eades37 (I am not a Twitter-ite so I won’t be bringing the Board any choice tweets but I am providing the handle for any that are interested in following him).
Edited by Dance with Disco Dan, 22 April 2014 - 04:05 PM.