Ryan Lillie

Position: RHSP
Level: Minor League Spring Training
Affiliate: Reds A+
League: Minor League Spring Training
Born: 05/01/1996 (Age: 23)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 5th Rd., 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIA); Traded to CIN 10/6/2018

Prospect Spotlight

NOTES FROM THE FIELD, MINOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING:

  • Short but strong; thick, well-defined muscle throughout; barrel-chested w/ powerful core and thick lower-half.
  • Simple semi-windup; slight shoulder-tilt before he drives forward; H3/4 slot recoils after release. Repeats well. 
  • FB 90-93; Fringy velo as SP, sits 90-91 and reaches back for extra when needed. Avg run to armside; stays around the plate w/ more control than command. 
  • SL 81-83; Best off-speed pitch, SL w/ consistent shape and two-plane depth. Good feel to land it in and outside of the zone. 
  • CH 82-84; Developing third speed, improved from previous looks. Moderate fade to armside, chance it becomes a usable wrinkle. 
  • Throws strikes and works quick; no-nonsense mound presence, challenges hitters; lands his off-speed stuff in the zone well.

SUMMARY: Durable RHP w/ three 45/50-grade pitches he keeps around the zone. Might lack a carry tool to fit a true SP profile but can see him filling low-leverage roles. Ceiling of longman or middle reliever.