Cyr, a 10th-round pick out of NAIA powerhouse Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, showed off his strong arm and mature, athletic body during his appearances this week. Cyr possesses an easily repeatable motion with a leg lift that transitions smoothly to a drop-and-drive down the hill, allowing him to get his high-waisted body down the hill with strong extension and a consistent release point. His short arm action comes out quickly into a high 3/4’ s release point right around his ear. The delivery allows fastballs to jump on hitters while also making it tougher for them to pick up the trajectory of the pitch early.
Cyr’s move to the bullpen has allowed him to move quickly through the Giants’ organization while also doing wonders for his command. He’s lowered his BB/9 from 5.8 as a starter in college to 2.7 this year between appearances with San Jose and Class A Augusta. He’s also continued to miss bats (71 Ks over 60 IP in 2016), and induce weak-contact ground balls (1.68 across two levels this year) while holding hitters to a .191 BAA.
His success can be attributed to a starter who took four average-to-plus pitches with him to the bullpen. The strong repertoire includes a plus fastball sitting 93-to-94 mph (T95) with late arm side sink or late rise up through the zone. Cyr attacks hitters with this pitch early in the count looking to get weak contact. Once ahead he has the ability to utilize three off-speed pitches in different manners. His best off-speed pitch is his 11-to-4 slurve-like curveball at 75-to-80 mph that showcases good bend, and at it’s best has plus snap. He’ll utilize this pitch as his out pitch, knowing when to get the pitch to break into the dirt or to pull it back and spot it down in the zone. He also was able to recognize when guys weren’t picking it up and threw it back-to-back with a different bend each time.
Cyr throws a cutter (87-to-89 mph) that doesn’t move a lot, but is thrown with such tight spin that it is tough to track and has some late action when reaching the plate. The pitch stays off the barrel and was generally utilized towards the glove side of the plate. Cyr’s changeup (80-to-85 mph) wasn’t thrown much, but he showed a pitch that had good dive out of a fastball look and threw one where he really pulled the string to finish off a hitter after a hard cutter.
His pitches are matched by his calm and collected, yet attacking demeanor. In one game he came into a tight ballgame with guys on 2nd and 3rd, proceeding to get a broken bat ground ball out, and walked off the mound like a pro who’d been doing this regularly for his entire career.
Cyr was just recently called up to San Jose on June 24, but if he continues to put away hitters like he has he should start next year in Double A – or higher. The move to the bullpen has allowed him to let loose and not worry about dialing back pitches for longevity. If his control continues to improve I wouldn’t be surprised seeing him as a top late-inning situational reliever.