Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 10/5/1992
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 4th Round
Ranking History: N/A
Background: The latest Tigers draft pick out of Vanderbilt, Ravenelle worked exclusively out of relief over his three years as a Commodore, posting a 1.56 ERA over 21 appearances in middle relief.
Body: Long; lean; athletic; has added muscle since high school viewings; good shoulder width; tapers to waist; excellent pitcher's frame; likely won't change body much going forward.
Delivery/Mechanics: More compact and consistent than in high school; stays over his back foot longer during delivery; drives hard to the plate without losing angle; low-3/4 arm slot; arm keeps up with the body well; repeats delivery pretty well despite inexperience; athleticism is evident in how he delivers the ball and after finish; consistently extends through release.
Fastball: Sits comfortably at 92-94 mph; consistently reaches 95 and will touch 97 when he needs extra; ball comes out of his hand with ease and has a little deception as a result; good life on FB; has a little hop at the plate; velo plays down a tick over longer outings, sitting more 91-93 and touching 95; won't add considerable strength so velo likely to play at current level; will play to 93-94 and reach higher in short bursts; quality pitch. Grade – Present 5+/Future 6
Slider: Work in progress but making strides; doesn't always generate tight spin; pitch can get flat and sit in the middle of the zone when he doesn't stay on top of it; at its best, SL offers good two-plane movement that is short and sharp; shows plus potential and will likely be second quality offering in time. Grade – 4+/6
Changeup: Very raw; lacks feel for pitch; balls comes out of the hand in inconsistent fashion; needs a lot of work; doesn't trust the grip; frequently over-throws and then comes back to compensate by slowing arm; rarely threw in college because of relief role; will need to develop as a professional if he is to move to the rotation; unable to grade at present due to lack of consistent use. Grade – NA/NA
Control/Command: Improving; throws strikes with consistency; shows aptitude for moving FB to both sides of the plate; can run it arm side and doesn't have any trouble pulling the pitch to the glove side; shows some ability to elevate when necessary; good control profile, particularly with overhauled and more consistent mechanics; control of SL is improving; command projection near average.
Other: Intelligent; works hard; remains confident and calm on the mound; quality makeup.
Summary: FB and SL can both develop and play to plus level in time; has delivery, strike throwing ability, and two present quality pitches that should allow a try in the rotation; CH will need to make significant strides to make it as a starter; SL may not miss bats consistently but will induce weak contact; smart kid; absorbs information/feedback rapidly.
Risk: Extreme risk; extremely inexperienced given college resume; needs considerable development regardless of future role.
Projection: As a starter, could develop into #3/#4 starter; will take time to develop as a starter because of rudimentary CH and need to build stamina/strength for grind of starting rotation; needs starter innings to further develop, even if future role is in bullpen; as reliever, has setup ceiling and could move quickly.
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