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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Previewing The Mets New Minor League Relievers: Ryder Ryan

Continued from here

Unless otherwise noted, the "stuff" information gathered comes from listening to the broadcasters as I dug up old highlights.

From the Jay Bruce trade

RHP Ryder Ryan, 22

2017 in the MID: 41.1 IP, 25.9 K%: 9 BB%, 4.79 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 36 GB%, 15.4% Swinging strike rate, 66% Strikes

The path to the Mets: When Ryder Ryan was in high school in North Carolina, he posted a 0.28 ERA over 54.2 IP as a starter, but he also hit .597 with 29 RBI at North Mecklenburg and then went off to play third base at UNC. He barely pitched and didn’t play much 3B in two years at UNC either, but the one appearance he made on the mound was enough to get some teams interested in him.
The Cleveland Indians had already drafted Ryan once – in the 40th round of the 2014 draft after he finished H.S. – and they still saw enough in him from that one College outing to take a 30th round chance on him in 2016. This time Ryan signed – apparently BA ranked his fastball the best in the Indians draft class that year – and he went to the AZL to work on his craft. The Indians saw enough improvement from him this year that they sent him to A-ball to start the year and he’s been pitching at the end of games since.
He was great for the Lake County Captains in the first half, posting a 0.78 ERA over 23 IP through June 9th, with 31 K: 9 BB while holding the Midwest League to a .388 OPS – this earned him a midseason All-Star nod. However, it’s been a tough second half for Ryan, as the Midwest League has knocked him around for a 1.141 OPS and 9.82 ERA since 6/9 (a span of 18.1 IP). While that’s not good, I think it’s worth noting that this is his first full season as just a pitcher, and it’s coming after he was away from pitching for most of two years, so he may have hit a wall or been in a dead-arm phase.

The stuff: As a 30th-round pick who didn’t really pitch in College, there’s not a lot available on Ryan. He throws a fastball that I heard called as high as 97 while I was looking for highlights, but I didn’t get consistent info on his velo range while he was with the Captains. However, he made his Cola debut on 8/11 and the Fireflies announcers said he was, “hovering around 96 and topping out at 97.” Apparently Jose Leger told them that Ryan has touched as high as 100. My impression is that he’s not mid-to-upper-90’s with consistency yet, but there’s reason to think he can get there as he builds up his arm/shoulder strength.
Ryan also throws a slider and changeup, and both show interesting potential, but they are currently inconsistent pitches.
            He credits the staff in Arizona for helping him really improve his control, and he’s seen a minor improvement in walk rate this year: from 10.6% in 18.2 IP last year to 9.0% in 41.1 IP this year.

The secondaries: As a 2016 draft pick, Ryan is not in danger of being taken in the Rule-5 (not that anyone would take this raw of an A-ball pitcher in the major league portion of that draft anyway).
            The upside here is a useful Major League power arm, but it’s the riskiest profile of the group.

The GIFs:
With Lake County
4/22: 1 IP, H, R, BB, 2 GO: 1 FO, 13 Pitches (8 Strikes), 1 IR – 0 S
-       Anthony Pereira hit a groundout to SS
-       Will Savage walked

-       Danny Woodrow hit a sac bunt to 3B
-       Cam Gibson flied out to CF

-       Jacob Robson singled to CF

5/4: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 3 K: 1 BB, HBP, 2 GO: 1 FO, 35 Pitches (21 Strikes)
-       Travis Blankenhorn took a HBP
-       Brandon Lopez reached on a bunt single
-       Ben Rortvedt walked
-       Aaron Whitefield struck out looking

-       Christian Cavaness struck out swinging

-       Jermaine Palacios hit a groundout to third
-       Mitchel Kranson struck out swinging

-       Lewin Diaz flied out to LF
-       Jaylin Davis hit a groundout to 2B

5/16: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K, 10 Pitches (9 Strikes)

-       Carlos Rincon struck out swinging

-       Cody Thomas struck out swinging

-       Oneil Cruz struck out swinging

5/17: 1 IP, H, 0 R, 2 GO
-       Mitchell Hansen hit a groundout to 2B

-       Steven Berman popped out

-       Luis Paz singled to LF

-       Gage Green hit a groundout to SS

6/16: 2 IP, 2 H, R, 1 K: 1 BB, 2 GO, 37 Pitches (24 Strikes)
-       Luis Ayala struck out looking

-       Yeiler Peguero doubled to LF

-       Roberto Caro tripled to CF

-       Zack Short popped out
-       Vimael Machin walked

-       Alberto Mineo popped out
-       Isaac Paredes popped out
-       Chris Pieters hit a groundout to 2B
-       Adonis Paula hit a groundout to SS

6/25: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, K, 1 GO: 1 FO, 18 Pitches (14 Strikes)

-       Bruce Yari singled to CF

-       Michael Beltre doubled to RF

-       Cassidy Brown singled to CF

-       Shane Mardirosian flied out to CF

-       Malik Collymore struck out swinging

-       Kevin Franklin singled to CF

-       Hecotr Vargas hit a groundout to SS

7/30: 2 IP, 3 H, R, 4 K: 1 BB, 1 FO, 40 Pitches (29 Strikes)
-       Drew Longley flied out to CF

-       Dylan Burdeaux struck out swinging

-       Cameron Warner struck out swinging

-       Derek Hill lined out to 3B
-       Danny Woodrow walked
-       Cole Baumi singled to CF
-       Danny Pinero singled to LF
-       Austin Athmann singled to RF
-       Zac Shpeherd struck out swinging

-       Drew Longley struck out looking

With Columbia
8/11: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 K: 1 BB, HR, 2 GO: 1 FO, 39 Pitches (23 Strikes)

-       Tanner Gardner hit a groundout to 2B

-       Brendon Davis singled to LF
-       Eric Jenkins flied out to LF

-       Blaine Precott walked
-       Leody Taveras struck out swinging

-       Andretty Cordero hit a groundout to 3B

-       Alex Kowalczyk reached on an infield single
-       Ricardo Valencia singled to RF

-       Anderson Tejeda homered to RF
-       Gardner lined out to 2B
-       Davis struck out looking

8/18: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K, 3 GO, 15 Pitches (12 Strikes)

-       Anthony Concepcion struck out swinging

-       Marcus Mooney hit a groundout to SS

-       Jordan Rodgers hit a groundout to SS

-       Cristian Pache struck out swinging

-       Lucas Herber struck out looking

-       Carlos Martinez hit a groundout to SS

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