RHP Ryder Ryan
Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 205 lb Level: Midwest League (A)
B/T: R/R Age: 5/11/95 (22) Age Dif: 0.1
Acquired by Indians: 2016 30th Round Draft Pick out of the University of North Carolina (Indians also drafted him in 40th round of 2014 draft)
MLB Pipeline Rank: NR
2017 Stats: 3-4, 4.79 ERA, 33 G, 6 SV, 41.1 IP, 1.476 WHIP, 10.7 K/9
Profile: Ryan is the fifth reliever obtained by the Mets with the team selling at the deadline and now in August. When he was drafted as a sophomore by the Indians he was expected to be a hard sign. He was named by Baseball America to have the best fastball in the Indian’s 2016 draft class.
Ryan was highly regarded coming out of high school with teams looking at him as pitcher and some as a third baseman. There was even rumors of interest in the third or fourth, but he fell because teams thought he wasn’t going to sign and instead honor his commitment to UNC. He was also named an All-American after his junior season.
Ryan appears to be the prototypical reliever whom the Mets organization covets. He is a fastball/slider pitcher who can get his fastball into the mid 90s. When he amps it up, Ryan is able to get his fastball up to 97.
What is interesting about Ryan is he pitched only one game in college because he focused on being a third baseman. To that end, he should remind you a bit of Max Kuhns. Essentially, these are arms with not a lot of mileage, a lot of potential, but the both lack polish. As a result, mechanics and location become the biggest issues.
As of the moment, Ryan has a high 3.7 BB/9, but it is a step in the right direction after he posted a 4.3 BB/9 last year. He has struggled in the second half with a 10.67 ERA after posting a 1.67 ERA in the first half that earned him a spot in the Mid-season All-Star spot.
Ultimately, Ryan has strikeout ability, and when batters make contact, it is in the ground.
Ryan’s dad, Sean, made it to AAA during his baseball career and his uncle Jason Ryan pitched part of two seasons in the big leagues for the Minnesota Twins.
Overall, Ryan is an interesting arm with a high ceiling, but he is a project.