Ryder Ryan - Right-handed Pitcher
Current team: Low-A Lake County
2017 stats: 7 G, 1-2, 1.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 HR, 6 BB, 12 K
2016 stats: 15 G, 0-1, 3.86 ERA, 18.2 IP, 21 H, 9 R (8 ER), 1 HR, 9 BB, 24 K
Ryan, 21, is a 6'2" 205-pound right-handed pitcher the Indians selected in the 30th round of the 2016 Draft out of the University of North Carolina and signed for $100,000. He was originally drafted by the Indians in the 40th round of the 2014 Draft out of high school and was selected two years later as a draft eligible sophomore. He has some bloodlines as his father played professionally making it to Triple-A and his uncle also pitched professionally. He only played in 33 college games over his freshman and sophomore campaigns (.275 AVG, 40 at bats, 3 2B, 6 BB, 12 K in career) and made one relief appearance on the mound where he did not record an out (1 H, 3 BB).
When the Indians scouted Ryan out of high school they saw a live arm that sat in the low 90s and was up to 97 MPH. They feel he has a chance to be a plus-plus fastball guy with good tailing action to it as it goes through the zone. He has a feel to spin his curveball and get some swing and miss with it, and though he mainly pitches with his fastball he has a chance for an average curveball. He has a good build with some strength to him and is someone the Indians have known for a while and have some comfort with him as a good makeup player.
The Indians didn't get to see Ryan pitch much in college so they are still figuring out what he is and where to go forward with his development. He is a guy who has some upside just because of his crudeness and rawness having not pitched that much and having a fresh arm. He got off to a good start last season and the Indians really came away impressed with some of the things he was able to do on the mound. After bouncing around at first base, third base and even catcher at North Carolina, the Indians are intrigued with the arm strength on the mound and want to develop it to see where he goes with it and if he can develop consistency with his mechanics, command and offspeed pitches. He is getting a great opportunity to prove himself after opening the season at Low-A Lake County.