Tigers Scouting Report #31: Kyle Ryan

The lanky left-hander has been quietly building a very solid resume over the past few seasons, which has resulted in steady growth up the prospect ladder. While he doesn't flash the power arsenal that would make him a top prospect, the likelihood of reaching the majors is quickly increasing - find out why.

Kyle Ryan

Vitals

Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 9/25/1991 (2014 Opening Day Age: 22)
Height/Weight: 6-5/180
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: 2010 MLB Draft, 12th Round
Ranking History: #75 (2011), #36 (2012), #39 (2013), #31 (2014)

Background: Given an over-slot bonus ($100,000) in 2010, Ryan has been on the Tigers radar for an extended period of time. After a tour through the GCL after being drafted, Ryan spent two seasons with low-A West Michigan where he combined for a 3.47 ERA in 52 starts. In his first taste of high-A in 2013, Ryan posted a 3.17 ERA in 24 starts, spanning 142 innings.

Performance:

2013 Stats - Pitching
TEAMGGSSVIPHHRRERBBSOHBPERAWHIPW/L
Lakeland 24240142.0132125850379083.171.1912-7


Scouting Report

Body: Long, lanky frame; not a ton of present strength; average shoulders; doesn't project for significant muscle gain; should get a little strong; has durability in spite of thin frame; arm bounces back quickly; can handle innings; long arms and legs; body offers more deception than physical projection.

Delivery/Mechanics: Solidly consistent delivery; consistency lends to control/command profile; arms and legs all over the place and add deception, but he gets them in the right spot when he needs to; arm keeps up with the lower body well; arm slot is low-3/4; loses some of the leverage he could gain from height/length because of lower slow.

Fastball: Velo has settled 88-90; touches 91-92 during starts; maintains average velo deep into games; FB doesn't have a ton of movement but enough to miss the fat part of the bat; could be a more challenging pitch with more angle from higher arm slot; FB lacks projection at this stage; fringe-average pitch; has enough overall feel that he should develop ability to manipulate ball, allowing pitch to play up a half grade. Grade – Present 4+/Future 5

Slider: Progressed since signing; still below-average; arm slot dips and get gets under the ball rather than around/over it; loses bite as a result; not as sharp as traditional SL; more of a loose breaking ball that forces weak contact as opposed to missing bats; should gain consistency with experience/polish and could be average second pitch. Grade – 4/5

Changeup: Definitive third pitch; still developing feel; when on, pitch shows natural sink; leaves it up too often; too frequently slows arm to generate velocity difference, rather than relying on grip/release; needs to trust it; has made minimal progress in 2-3 years leaving open questions about long-term feel for pitch; fringe-average ceiling with pitch. Grade – 3/4+

Control/Command: Really good profile; controls lanky body well; consistent release point; moves the ball to both sides of the plate; still developing ability to work the ladder successfully; working up is problematic given arm slot and lower velo; needs to stay down as he does consistently now; plus control with plus command projection; future command should help fringe pitches play up; best attribute.

Other: Hard worker; humble; quiet on the mound; good competitor; good baseball IQ; moves off the mound well; makes plays as a defender.

Final Word

Summary: Profile can get a little fringy; FB lacks projection; advancement of FB comes from command improvement and ability to manipulate ball rather than velo uptick; SL needs work to get to average; CH lags significantly behind; control/command profile is impressive and could boost overall profile; durable body; can face lineup multiple times and eat innings.

Risk: Moderate risk; limited development remaining beyond additional experience; lacks high ceiling but likely big leaguer; durable with no injury red flags.

Projection: Back-end starter with inning eating potential; not a sexy profile but MLB career is likely; could see MLB time in 2015; more likely 2016 arrival.

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