Quick Look: Kyle Ayers

Kyle Ayers, then only 17 years old, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 14th Round of the 2007 First-Year Draft after a standout pitching career at Oswego High School in Illinois. Ayers is back with the Princeton Rays in his second professional season.

Kyle Ayers was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 14th Round of the 2007 First-Year Draft after a standout pitching career at Oswego High School in Illinois.

Ayers, a big 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander, has a heavy sinking fastball that consistently stays in the 88-91 MPH range and comes out of his hand easy, which enabled him to dominate high school competition. During his senior year, he put together a nifty 24-inning scoreless streak, overmatching prep hitters with his fastball. He also throws a big breaking curveball as well, though it does not project as a plus pitch at this time.

After foregoing a scholarship to Parkland Community College by signing with Tampa Bay, Ayers reported to Rookie-Level Princeton, where he went 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 26-to-10 K/W ratio in 37.1 innings pitched. He made 13 appearances overall, including two starts, holding his own against Appalachian League competition as a 17-year-old.

Due to his youth, Ayers again reported to Princeton this summer. In only six appearances thus far, he has posted a 2.81 ERA and 9-to-2 K/W ratio in 16.0 relief innings. He does not turn 19 until September, meaning that he could spend five seasons in the minors and still be considered a prospect. Thus, while the organization will wait for him to develop and move him along slowly, he has the potential to emerge into a legitimate prospect, especially if he can use his size to increase his velocity and improve his secondary offerings.


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