O's Prospect Profile #14: Clayton Schrader

Schrader has the tools to continue to rise through the O's system quickly.

Clayton Schrader

Position: RHP

Height: 6'0”

Weight: 200 lbs

Born: 4/28/1990

Bats: Left

Throws: Right

Background:

The Orioles 10th round selection in 2010, Schrader hails from San Jacinto College North and will be entering his second full season as a professional.

Schrader split time between low-A Delmarva and high-A Frederick and posted a 1.57 ERA last season. He has a legitimate shot to rise through the system quickly and be a staple in the Orioles bullpen.

Scouting Report:

Schrader touts three pitches: a plus fastball that sits in the 92-95 mph range, a slider between 82 to 85 and an above average curveball.

The fastball has a lot of life to it, but needs to stay consistent with command. He throws from an elevated three-quarters arm slot. He puts a lot of pressure on his back, neck and arms with a powerful delivery; which draws concern of future shoulder injury.

The curveball plays well for him, but will likely work towards getting his slider to be more consistent throughout the season. With his delivery, look for consistency from Schrader that he and the Orioles are looking for this season.

Performance

                                                                                          

Level

Team

Games

Starts

W

L

ERA

K

BB

K/9

SO/BB

A-

Delmarva

12

0

1

1

2.05

38

13

15.5

2.92

A+

Frederick

15

0

1

1

1.12

35

19

13.1

1.84


Health Record

Schrader was placed on the DL in 2011 due to elbow discomfort. The cause was due to the rigors of his first professional season. The outlook is positive.

Future

The 21-year-old flamethrower's future looks bright as he could have the chance to see Camden Yards this season. The Orioles could always use help in their bullpen as Schrader is expected to rise quickly.

At highest peak, Schrader could be a dependable right-handed reliever at the next level. His career numbers are solid. He has three plus pitches to work with and hitters will have a hard time adjusting to his power stuff late in games. If healthy, count on Schrader in Baltimore sometime during the 2012 season.


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