Scouting Report: RHP, Ryan Flannery

The New York Yankees drafted right-handed pitcher Ryan Flannery in the 47th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Despite being a later round pick, his career numbers have been nothing short of staggering thus far and with a couple of more tweaks he could put himself on the prospect map.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Ryan Flannery
Position: Pitcher
DOB: January 6, 1986
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 245
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

"I thought it went pretty good," he said of his 2010 season. "I made the All Star team so that's an accomplishment and at the end of the year I got bumped up a level. Things are headed in the right direction."

They are indeed. He went a combined 8-6 with 14 saves and a 2.26 ERA over two A-ball levels this past year, bringing his career ERA to 2.12. He also walked just 14 batters in 83 innings and that's all while still trying to develop his slider.

"I think the main reason I struggled at the beginning of the year was because I didn't have my slider, not even to the point where I was even showing it to the batter so they were just sitting [on the] sinker," he said.

"I was able to really develop it in the second-half and I think it'll develop even further, which is what I'm going to be working on this offseason. I feel like I developed it pretty good this season where I had confidence throwing it in any count."

He's been working on developing that second pitch to give hitter's another look, and while he's confident to command his slider now, he would like a bit more break to it.

"I think what it needs most is the downward depth to where it's a swing-and-miss pitch, not just a pitch to change the hitter's eye level, not just something to keep them off sinker," Flannery added.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the numbers he has posted so far in his career, he can't help but believe that an improved slider would allow him to have the same kind of success at the higher minor league levels.

"That's what I'm hoping for. I'm going to be working hard at it. I realized it even at the end of the season where I could throw it and they'd look it because they were looking for the sinker – once guys face me a few times they know my main pitch is my sinker – if I could just get them to look at my slider, I feel like I'll have pretty good success with it.

"That's what I'm hoping for, to have the same success. I'm really excited going into this next year. I can't wait to get started, get down to Spring Training and see what I can do. Hopefully I'll have the same success I've had the last three years," he concluded.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2010

Tampa

1-0

0

4.0

2

0

6

2.25

2010

Charleston

7-6

14

79.0

61

14

70

2.26

2009

Charleston

0-0

0

5.0

12

1

10

10.13

2009

Staten Island

4-2

6

43.0

32

12

41

1.45

2008

GCL Yankees

2-1

7

21.0

12

0

16

0.86



Repertoire. Fastball, Slider.

Fastball. Flannery's bread and butter is a wicked moving sinking two-seam fastball that primarily sits 89-92 mph. It dives down and in to right-handed batters, and his command of his sinker is impeccable. Keep in mind that he's given up a ton less hits than innings pitched and he's done so mostly on the strength of this one pitch. He does have a four-seamer too that he uses to hit the outside corners, but it's not a pitch he uses too often.

Other Pitches. His only other pitch is a slider that's more like a slurvy breaking ball. It doesn't have great depth or late biting action, but it does give opposing batters another look and Flannery has learned to command it pretty well. It's a below average big league pitch at this point.

Pitching. There's no secret to Flannery's game -- he goes right after batters with his sinker, occasionally mixing in a slider to change the batter's eye level, and he gets them to ground out harmlessly. His sinker does move a lot and he can get quite a few swings-and-misses with it, and he's adept at keeping the ball in the yard [just two career home runs served up in 153 innings]. He used to be very inconsistent with his mechanics and his quick-step to home, but both have gotten a lot better recently.

Projection. At this point, barring significant changes to the slider or an uptick in velocity on his sinker, he best projects as a middle reliever type cut in the mold of Indians reliever Joe Smith as a ground ball specialist who walks hardly anyone [nearly one and half batters per nine innings] and keeps the ball from going over the fence. He'll need to keep posting numbers to get his opportunities.

ETA. N/A. He has some work to do to catch up to the other pitching prospects in the organization, but he seems destined to start the 2011 season back with the Tampa Yankees.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Ryan Flannery
\r\nPosition: Pitcher
\r\nDOB: January 6, 1986
\r\nHeight: 6'3\"
\r\nWeight: 245
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\n\"I thought it went pretty good,\" he said of his 2010 season. \"I made the All Star team so that's an accomplishment and at the end of the year I got bumped up a level. Things are headed in the right direction.\"
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\r\nThey are indeed. He went a combined 8-6 with 14 saves and a 2.26 ERA over two A-ball levels this past year, bringing his career ERA to 2.12. He also walked just 14 batters in 83 innings and that's all while still trying to develop his slider.
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\r\n\"I think the main reason I struggled at the beginning of the year was because I didn't have my slider, not even to the point where I was even showing it to the batter so they were just sitting [on the] sinker,\" he said.
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\r\n\"I was able to really develop it in the second-half and I think it'll develop even further, which is what I'm going to be working on this offseason. I feel like I developed it pretty good this season where I had confidence throwing it in any count.\"
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\r\nHe's been working on developing that second pitch to give hitter's another look, and while he's confident to command his slider now, he would like a bit more break to it.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think what it needs most is the downward depth to where it's a swing-and-miss pitch, not just a pitch to change the hitter's eye level, not just something to keep them off sinker,\" Flannery added.
\r\n
\r\nWhile there is absolutely nothing wrong with the numbers he has posted so far in his career, he can't help but believe that an improved slider would allow him to have the same kind of success at the higher minor league levels.
\r\n
\r\n\"That's what I'm hoping for. I'm going to be working hard at it. I realized it even at the end of the season where I could throw it and they'd look it because they were looking for the sinker – once guys face me a few times they know my main pitch is my sinker – if I could just get them to look at my slider, I feel like I'll have pretty good success with it.
\r\n
\r\n\"That's what I'm hoping for, to have the same success. I'm really excited going into this next year. I can't wait to get started, get down to Spring Training and see what I can do. Hopefully I'll have the same success I've had the last three years,\" he concluded.
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\r\n 7-6

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14

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\r\n 1.45

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\r\nRepertoire. Fastball, Slider.
\r\n
\r\nFastball. Flannery's bread and butter is a wicked moving sinking two-seam fastball that primarily sits 89-92 mph. It dives down and in to right-handed batters, and his command of his sinker is impeccable. Keep in mind that he's given up a ton less hits than innings pitched and he's done so mostly on the strength of this one pitch. He does have a four-seamer too that he uses to hit the outside corners, but it's not a pitch he uses too often.
\r\n
\r\nOther Pitches. His only other pitch is a slider that's more like a slurvy breaking ball. It doesn't have great depth or late biting action, but it does give opposing batters another look and Flannery has learned to command it pretty well. It's a below average big league pitch at this point.
\r\n
\r\nPitching. There's no secret to Flannery's game -- he goes right after batters with his sinker, occasionally mixing in a slider to change the batter's eye level, and he gets them to ground out harmlessly. His sinker does move a lot and he can get quite a few swings-and-misses with it, and he's adept at keeping the ball in the yard [just two career home runs served up in 153 innings]. He used to be very inconsistent with his mechanics and his quick-step to home, but both have gotten a lot better recently.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. At this point, barring significant changes to the slider or an uptick in velocity on his sinker, he best projects as a middle reliever type cut in the mold of Indians reliever Joe Smith as a ground ball specialist who walks hardly anyone [nearly one and half batters per nine innings] and keeps the ball from going over the fence. He'll need to keep posting numbers to get his opportunities.
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\r\nETA. N/A. He has some work to do to catch up to the other pitching prospects in the organization, but he seems destined to start the 2011 season back with the Tampa Yankees.
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