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.