Final 2003 Scouting Report: RP, Royce Ring

The Mets acquired Roger Royce Ring in a trade that sent Roberto Alomar to the Chicago White Sox. The Mets also acquired Edwin Almonte and Andrew Salvo in that deal. The White Sox selected Ring with their 1st round selection in the 2002 first year player draft. Royce Ring attended San Diego State where he, known as the "Wild Thing" led the Aztecs in saves in 2001 and 2002. Ring also holds single season and career records for saves.

The White Sox sent Royce Ring to their lowest affiliate the Arizona White Sox just to warm his arm. Then, Chicago sent Ring to their high A Carolina League affiliate Winston-Salem where performed well. His ratios were reasonably solid at Winston Salem: 7.8 hits per 9 IP; 8.6 K per 9 IP; 4.3 BB per 9 IP; K/BB ratio of 2. For a RP, these are not spectacular ratios, but are solid since he was promoted to high A rather than low A or a short season league.

At AA in 2003, Ring's ratios improved substantially: 6.9 hits per 9 IP; 9.7 K per 9 IP; 3.9 BB per 9 IP. The ratios support the notion that he might eventually evolve into a closer, but a setup role is clearly a possibility.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2003

Binghamton

3-0

7

22

13

11

18

1.66

2003

Birmingham

1-4

19

36

33

14

44

2.52

2002

Winston-Salem

2-0

5

23

20

11

22

3.91

2002

Arizona

0-0

0

5

0

0

9

0.00


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire. 4-seam fastball (FB); Slider (SL); change (CU).

Fastball. Ring's FB sits in the 91-93 mph range that occasionally tops off at 95 or 96 mph. His FB occasionally has explosive movement.

Other Pitches. Ring possesses a sharp breaking, nasty CB and a solid, effective circle CU.


Pitching
. Ring effectively works both sides of the plate with his FB and SL. He wants the ball in key situations and is very aggressive. He occasionally has bouts with command issues. He also needs to be more consistent with his FB and CB.

Projection. A solid candidate to be a closer/setup.

ETA. During the 2004 season.

Relievers Team
Tyler Yates AAA - Norfolk Tides
Orber Moreno AAA - Norfolk Tides
Dan Wheeler AAA - Norfolk Tides
Heath Bell AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jason Scobie AAA - Norfolk Tides
Mike Cox AA - Binghamton Mets
Paul-Jon Bevis AA - Binghamton Mets
Jason Saenz AA - Binghamton Mets
Nick Mattioni AA - Binghamton Mets
Tim Lavigne AA - Binghamton Mets
Steve Bennett A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake McGinley A - St. Lucie Mets
Rafael Lopez A - St. Lucie Mets
David Byard A - St. Lucie Mets
Bryan King A - Capital City Bombers
Carlos Muniz A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Celso Rondon R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


The Mets possess good depth at RP. Most teams normally convert SP into RP at some stage in the development process. The Mets have 3 closer prospects that were recovering from surgery in 2003: Tyler Yates, Orber Moreno and Franklin Nunez. The Mets added closer prospects in Royce Ring and Kole Strayhorn in deals respectively with the White Sox and Dodgers. The Mets also added Josele Diaz and Anderson Garcia in trades with the Dodgers and Yankees. The Mets are currently using them as SP, but neither yet have the repertoire to start. Thus, the eventually might be added to the closer mix.

The Mets have decent depth in LHP RP prospects: Mike Cox; Jason Saenz; and Blake McGinley. Further, Yunior Cabrera, Brian Walker and Ross Peeples could easily be lefties added to the bullpen. There is also some depth in pitchers who might serve a variety of roles in the bullpen such as Heath Bell, Jason Scobie, Tim LaVigne, PJ Bevis, Rafael Lopez, Celso Rondon, Carlos Muniz, and Bryan King. Certain SP such as Jake Joseph and Joey Cole should find their way into the bullpen.

1. Tyler Yates who reached 100 mph in Spring Training is recovering from TJ surgery. The Mets have been using him as a starter. I still expect him to return to the bullpen. His FB possesses good movement and his SL sharp break. He'd be the top closer prospect.

2. Orber Moreno, once the KC Royals closer of the future, is recovering from both shoulder and elbow surgeries that have derailed him since 2000. He features a mid-90s FB with great movement, SL and CU. He struggled in his September callup.

3. Franklin Nunez features a high 90s FB with a SL, Splf. FB, and CU.

4. While Cox may have better stuff, McGinley is the surest of the lefty propects to pitch in MLB. He features a mid-to-high 80s FB with excellent movement, a sharp break curve and effective CU. He's added a SL. His repertoire is extensive enough to be considered for an opportunity to start.

5. Mike Cox has been plagued by control issues, he has great stuff a low-90s FB with excellent movement and a sharp breaking CB.

6. Royce Ring throws a low 90s FB with nasty movement, a sharp breaking pitch and a decent CU.

7. Mike Strayhorn features a mid-90s FB that tops out at 97-98 mph.

8. P J Bevis can be an effective in either as a middle RP or in a setup role.

9. Tim LaVigne who features a big breaking CB is another candidate for middle RP or setup.

10. Jason Scobie looks like the best candidate for a middle RP/long RP/spot SP type slot. He features a quality CB and SL. He also has a 2-seam FB with solid sink and a CU with good drop.

11. Rafael Lopez is another RP who could fill the middle RP/long RP/ spot SP role.

12. Jake Joseph might make an excellent setup with his excellent 2-seam FB, slurvy SL and CU. Combo.

13. Heath Bell's FB sits at 92-95 mph. He also complements with a decent SL and spl. FB.

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