POSITION: Right-handed relief pitcher
BORN ON: March 15, 1985
AGE: Will be 23 this season
BORN IN: Sun Valley, Idaho
LIVES IN: Bellevue, Idaho
WEIGHT: 215 pounds
SCHOOL: Boston College
ACQUIRED: Signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on August 9, 2006
SIGNED BY: Lonnie Goldberg
STATISTICSClick here for Reynoso's 2007 stats
SCOUTING REPORTRyne Reynoso signed so late in 2006 that he only saw action in the Florida Instructional League. So 2007 was his first test as a full-time pitcher. Remember, this kid was mainly an outfielder at Boston College, but former Braves' scout Lonnie Goldberg thought he might make a decent pitcher. Well, nice thought; the early results were very promising.
Reynoso seemingly got better as the season went along. His 2.92 ERA in the month of April was his highest mark for a month in Rome. His ERA slowly decreased every month, and in late August the Braves rewarded Reynoso with a promotion to Myrtle Beach for the last week of the season.
The Braves were thrilled with the way Reynoso worked at becoming a pitcher. He had a lot to learn in his first year as a pitcher, and there didn't seem to be much of a curve. Ryne could improve his control a bit, as he walked 32 batters in 59 innings, but the 71 strikeouts made him known as someone who could come into the game late and get the punch out.
Stuff-wise Reynoso has a blazing fastball that can touch 95 mph. Reynoso now has an idea that he can throw strikes. The Braves believe he might have first believed he had to trick people, but he has the stuff to put it in the strike zone to get people out.
Reynoso has a slider that one coach labeled ‘filthy,' and a changeup up that he doesn't use very much but can be effective. The Braves believe his change is a good pitch, and using it more might be Reynoso's challenge this coming season.
The Braves love Reynoso's makeup. He's a great kid, was a great teammate, and after last season has some confidence behind him that he can, in fact, be a pitching prospect. Reynoso showed some durability, and that coupled with his solid stuff has the Braves believing this kid has a chance. Reynoso could be a decent setup man in the big leagues with a couple more years of seasoning in the minor leagues.
2008 OUTLOOKWhile he pitched in two games for the Pelicans late last season, Reynoso will return to Myrtle Beach to start the 2008 season. If he does well, it's not out of the question for Reynoso to see some action in Double-A before the end of the year. Reynoso just needs more mound experience, as he continues to learn himself and learn more about the art of pitching. Bruce Dal Canton, the pitching coach in Myrtle Beach, will be able to put his mark on this kid this season. And that will only make Ryne Reynoso better in the long run.
ADDITIONAL STORY LINKSRyne Reynoso's 2007 Player Profile
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.