Scouting Blue Jays Prospect #27: Kyle Ginley

After the Reds agreed verbally to a signing bonus with Ginley the night of the draft-and-follow deadline, the club was late in submitting paperwork and the right-handed pitcher went back into the draft. The Blue Jays picked him up late in Day 1 but still gave him a six-figure bonus to sign.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Kyle Ginley
Position: Pitcher
DOB: September 1, 1986
Height: 6'2
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Kyle Ginley was not expecting to be in the Blue Jays organization. After being selected by the Reds in the 2005 draft he attended St. Petersburg Junior College and was expecting to sign before the 2006 draft as a draft and follow player. On May 30 he agreed verbally to a deal with the Reds, but the club did not submit the paperwork on time and the deal was nullified. Ginley was forced to re-enter the draft.

Ginley was expecting to be drafted in the top 5 rounds, but teams were scared of his signability and backed off on him. The Blue Jays ended up selecting him in the 17th round and offered him a lucrative bonus to sign. Officials with knowledge of the bonus label it as "top 5 round money."

The 20-year-old has a power arm and showed it with Pulaski in 2006.

One talent evaluator who watched Ginley in the Appalachian League described how overmatched batters looked at the plate.

"They had no chance in hitting him. He was as dominating as a pitcher can be."

Ginley received a promotion to Auburn to finish the season and it will be interesting to see how the Blue Jays play his cards in 2007. Ginley has the talent to begin at a full-season club, but the Jays might hold him off and start him out in extended spring training.

Repertoire: Fastball, changeup, curveball, slider

Fastball: Ginley's best pitch is his fastball. He loves to challenge batters with his 94-96 MPH heat and dares them to hit it.

Secondary Pitchers: Ginley also features a changeup, curveball and slider to go along with his fastball. His slider is his next best pitch, with his changeup being the weakest of the four pitches, but neither off-speed pitch ranks as a plus pitch right now. Ginley has had some command problems in professional baseball and is working on getting command of all his pitches.

Projection: Ginley currently projects to be a reliever in professional baseball because of his weak secondary pitches. Most scouts view Ginley's potential as a future close if he can sharpen his power slider.

2007 Outlook: The right-handed pitcher is talented enough to pitch with a full-season club and we hope and expect he begins the 2007 season with Lansing.

ETA: It's too early to make an accurate assessment on Ginley's future.

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