Prospect Profile: Ryan Strieby

With their 4th round draft choice, the Tigers looked to fill a huge organizational hole by taking power hitting first baseman Ryan Strieby. The UK product, and reigning SEC Player of the Year should bring plenty of homeruns to a Tigers system in need of them.

Position: First Base Height: 6-6 Weight: 235
Born: 8/9/1985 Bats: Right Throws: Right

Background
Strieby joins the Tigers as a 4th round selection this year, out of the University of Kentucky. The Washington native was named his high schools Athlete of the Year in both 2003 and 2003, on his way to a two-year stint at Edmonds Community College. As a freshman at Edmonds, Ryan was named to the NWAACC All-Conference Team, and was drafted by the Dodgers in the 29th round as a DFE candidate. Strieby exploded in his second season, batting .450 with 21 homeruns, 5 triples, and 7 homeruns in 43 games. Yet again, he was named to the to the All-Conference 1st team, and rather than sign with the Dodgers, Ryan chose to honor his commitment to Kentucky. In his lone season with the Wildcats, Ryan was named SEC Player of the Year, Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-American 1st Team, and the Collegiate Baseball Foundation All-American Team. Strieby posted a .343/.473/.704 line with 22 doubles and 20 homeruns, while also setting a single-season school record for RBIs with 77.

Scouting Report
Strieby is a classic power hitting first baseman. He is a huge individual, with impressive strength and surprising athletic ability. His swing is sound, and he whips the bat through the zone with authority, driving the ball to all fields. Like most power hitters, Ryan is at his best when he can extend his powerful arms and pull the ball, but he has shown the ability to adjust to inside pitches and drive them out of the park to the opposite field. Ryan has solid pitch recognition skills, and as a result, he controls the strike zone very well. Strieby has an advanced approach at the plate, focusing on what he needs to do in each at-bat to allow him to be successful. In the field, Ryan is an above-average defender at first, with soft hands and reasonable footwork. His speed is good for his size, but he will never be mistaken for a burner. With extensive wood-bat experience thanks to his time at Edmonds CC, Strieby projects to hit for power immediately, and should adjust quickly to the pro game. Ryan's ceiling projects as a big time power hitter, but his success will depend largely on his ability to continue controlling the strike zone and recognizing good pitches to hit.

Performance

Year

Team

AB

H

2B

HR

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2006

Kentucky

233

80

22

20

46

39

.343

.473

.704


Health Record
Strieby has been healthy throughout his high school and collegiate careers.

The Future
Ryan was drafted a little higher than many projected, and he should be a relatively easy sign for the Tigers. With an advanced approach, Strieby should easily handle the NYPL, and it is quite possible he could see a quick promotion to West Michigan. The incumbent first baseman for the ‘Caps, Ryan Roberson, is currently on the DL and hasn't been impressive when healthy. The Tigers system has lacked true power hitting prospects for quite some time, and Strieby is one of the first pure, polished power hitters the Tigers have brought on board in years. He has a chance to begin filling an enormous organizational weakness. His immediate success will depend largely on his ability to adjust to more advanced pitchers, and consistently good off-speed pitches. Look for him to hit some impressive homeruns this summer, and he could be pushing Jeff Larish as the top first base prospect in the system, by next season.


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