Ryan Butler

Born: 02/23/1992 (Age: 26)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: 3/4
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 7th Rd., 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SD)
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: December 8th, 2015
Dates Seen: 11/10/15
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Peoria Javelinas (AFL)
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Mechanical Notes
Plus arm speed; clean arm action; exerted delivery; inverted landing; out of sync; poor tempo during this outing; front side opened up often; 1.33-to-1.45 delivery times.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2017 40 45 Role 40: middle reliever Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 60 90-95 96 Arm-side run with downhill plane; erratic command; trouble spotting ball to gloveside.
Arm-side run with downhill plane; erratic command; trouble spotting ball to gloveside.
Slider
Slider 40 45 83-84 86 Replicates arm speed; short with bite; inconsistent release point.
Replicates arm speed; short with bite; inconsistent release point.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 45 81-83 84 Replicates arm speed; slight fade; inconsistent release point; left pitch up in zone multiple times.
Replicates arm speed; slight fade; inconsistent release point; left pitch up in zone multiple times.
Overall Summary
Butler has a sturdy frame with broad shoulders, capable of pitching over 100 innings per season. He was inconsistent during this outing; the delivery was out of tempo and all three pitches were erratic. There are no red flags in his mechanics, but he lacks an out-pitch in his secondary arsenal. I think there is a chance that Butler can slide into the back-end of a rotation, but the command and secondary arsenal will need to show improvement before that becomes a reality. Realistically, I see a middle-relief option.