MLB Draft: Tampa Bay Rays Select Ryne Stanek 29th Overall
Tampa Bay Rays have a great history of drafting and developing pitchers for their organization. They had the 29th pick in the draft and it was not a surprise they would select another pitcher who could help them down the road.
The Rays selected Ryne Stanek, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Arkansas. He has the most arm strength as any pitcher in this draft, throwing a plus fastball that sits in the range between 92-98 mph while maintaining velocity throughout his starts.
His fastball has good sink and run to it as well. Stanek also offers two breaking pitches to go with his fastball. They are a curve and a slider, with the slider having the potential to be a plus pitch for him. The slider has some real power in the 84-87 mph range when he throws it well.
He has an approach on the mound, where he will attack hitters, though he does need to improve his overall command with his pitches. He does not have prettiest mechanics as he has adjusted to try to throw more strikes, by shortening his stride to help him stay on top of the ball.
The scouts think that he lacks deception because he doesn’t get consistent swings and misses on his fastball or slider despite elite velocity. He’s averaged less than 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings over more than 218 innings in college.
If he made a tweak here or there that could unlock his true frontline potential, but other scouts see him as a future closer or set-up man in the Daniel Bard mold.
This was a great pick by the Rays because it gives them another ace in the future to pair along with Matt Moore. This can also ease the pain if they are not able to keep David Price. This also helps out Stanek, because the Rays know how to develop their pitchers and turn them into stars.