Tigers Scouting Report #25: Adam Ravenelle

After being drafted last summer in the 4th round, Adam Ravenelle got a brief taste of pro ball in relief. However, is Ravenelle destined to be a reliever for the Tigers, or does he have the potential to be utilized as a starter?

Adam Ravenelle

Vitals

Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 10/5/1992 (2015 Opening Day Age: 22)
Height/Weight: 6-3/195
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 4th Round
Ranking History: N/A

Background: Signed as a 4th round pick out of Vanderbilt last summer, Ravenelle briefly debuted in the GCL and Midwest Leagues before being shut down to conclude the season. He pitched well across three short stints and should return to West Michigan for the 2015 season.

Performance:

2014 Stats - Pitching
TEAMGGSSVIPHHRRERBBSOHBPERAWHIPW/L
GCL Tigers 1001.000000100.000.000-0
West Mich 2023.000000500.000.000-0


Scouting Report

Body: Long; lean; athletic; has added muscle since high school viewings; good shoulder width; tapers to waist; excellent pitcher’s frame; some potential to hang more weight/mass but seems a bit unlikely given my viewings of him over an extended stretch of time and throughout his physical development.

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 92-94; consistently reaches 95 and has found 97 on occasion, particularly in short bursts; 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; quality pitch that plays better in short stints; could work 93-95 as he settles into relief role; plays down to solid-average if he’s stretched to the rotation. 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; pro scouts saw potential in pitch after signing, giving hope for a second above-average or better pitch to compliment FB; needs work to develop consistency. Grade – 4+/5+

Changeup: Very raw; lacks feel for pitch; 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 and didn’t throw a ton in professional debut; well below-average pitch that may never come around and could signal permanent relief future. Grade – 3/4

Control/Command: Some improvement noted throughout latter stages of college career and pro debut; 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; control of SL is improving; command projection near average.

Other: Intelligent; works hard; remains confident and calm on the mound; quality makeup; should handle adjustment period to grind of full-season ball easily and could move quickly through the system due to ability to handle adversity and adjust.



Final Word

Summary: Has big-league caliber FB right now and still has some room for growth consistency; SL has a chance to give him a dynamic two-pitch combination that can work in short relief stints; limited potential to stick in the rotation because feel for changeup is severely lacking and may never come; solid command potential; quality 7th/8th inning arm is a realistic projection; potential to develop into 4th starter with considerable gains with CH and ability to sustain velocity over multiple innings.

Risk: High risk; Risk is greater if intent is to develop him as a starter long-term; needs growth in all areas of his game to reach even realistic ceiling.

Projection: Will take time to develop despite college resume; developing him as a reliever could accelerate timetable and give him a chance to refine SL as a hard, biting pitch that lets him air it out for an inning at a time; nearly sold on pure relief projection in this profile; potential to be a solid setup reliever in time.

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