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    Ryan Eades - 2014

    RYAN EADES



    Position: Right-Handed Pitcher.

    Height/ Weight: 6’3’’ 198 lbs.

    Age: 22 years old on Opening Day (As a December birthday, Ryan will be 22 all season).

    Drafted: By the Twins in the 2nd Round of 2013 (43rd overall) [Note: previously drafted by the Rockies in the 19th Round of 2010 (590th overall)].

    Signing Bonus: $1,294,100 (Note: this amount was the MLB-assigned value for the 43rd selection)

    College: Louisiana State University

    2013 College Stats: Ryan was LSU’s Saturday starter in 2013 pitching behind Aaron Nola who currently projects to be a mid-1st round selection in 2014:

    W L ERA FIP GS IP ER H HR BB K WHIP HR/9 BB/9 K/9
    8 1 2.79 3.90 17 100 31 101 3 32 78 1.33 0.27 2.88 7.02

    Pre-Draft Sentiment: Baseball America (37th-ranked prospect); ESPN’s Keith Law (59th-ranked prospect). I only have pay-access to ESPN so I can only share Law’s pre-draft analysis. Law characterized Ryan’s ceiling as “a league-average starter.” The key takeaways from his analysis:

    · Fastball is 91-94 mph, “without great life but gets some deception from his delivery that lets him put the fastball past college hitters up in the zone”;
    · Changeup is 79-81 mph “with very good arm speed and feel”;
    · Curveball is “slurvy at 77-79 [mph], lacking the depth of a true curve or the plate-crossing tilt of a true slider”;
    · Needs to get stronger, “more for durability than added velocity”; and
    · Needs to “switch to either a true curve or a true slider”.

    Below is a post-draft scouting report from Bleacher Reports which generally concurs with Law's analysis and makes a MLB comp of Alex Cobb (we'd take it!):

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...2nd-round-pick

    2013 Minor League Stats: After signing, Ryan joined the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian Rookie League where he made 10 relief appearances:

    W L ERA G GS IP ER H HR BB K WHIP HR/9 BB/9 K/9
    0 0 4.60 10 0 15.2 8 13 0 12 13 1.60 0 6.9 7.5

    2014 Twins Prospect Rankings: Minorleagueball.com (No. 20); MLB.com (outside top 20); ESPN (outside top 10); Fangraphs (outside top 15); Baseball America (outside top 15); Baseball Prospectus (outside top 10).

    2014 Assignment: Ryan will begin 2014 as part of the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ starting rotation.

    Videos: Below are links to three short videos featuring Ryan:

    On the mound for LSU ( shot from behind the plate): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goNpoTR0zrw

    Working out this off-season (he is fit): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYODtDFPF3c

    Another off-season work out video (at the 1:39 mark he discusses his pitching style, the pitches he throws, and his pitch grips): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZY1iL52BZg

    Tidbits: Native of Slidell, LA . . . Tore his labrum as a high-school junior . . . Surgery to repair his shoulder was performed by Dr. James Andrews . . . Did not pitch as a high-school senior . . . Named 2011 Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year . . . Late father, Ned, was a catcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization . . . Majored in Sports Administration-Commerce at LSU . . . Recently engaged to Alexa Hardy.

    Twitter: @R_Eades37 (I am not a Twitter-ite so I won’t be bringing the Board any choice tweets but I am providing the handle for any that are interested in following him).
    Last edited by Dance with Disco Dan; 04-22-2014 at 05:05 PM.

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    The Twins havent had very good luck with 'polished' projected fast moving, limited ceiling college starters lately, so I'm hoping their luck will be better with Eades.
    If he hits his ceiling it would be a solid #4 behind Stewart, Meyer, Gibson in a few years.

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    Start No. 1 (04/05/14)

    Ryan took the loss in his first start of the 2014 season. The Kernels were shut out 6-0 by the Clinton LumberKings, a Mariners affiliate. The LumberKings’ lineup featured Mariner Top 20 prospects Austin Wilson (#3 ESPN, #6 BA) and Tyler O’Neill (#20 MLB.com).

    Ryan’s overall line was poor as he gave up five hits and three walks in 4.2 innings but nearly all the damage was done in one rough inning. Ryan pitched shut-out baseball through the first four innings allowing only three base runners. Unfortunately, in the 5th inning he allowed three singles and two walks before being replaced with the bases loaded. In total, he was charged with three earned runs:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (L, 0-1) 4.2 5 3 3 3 3 0 5.79

    Of the five hits Ryan surrendered, only one went for extra-bases--a triple in the 2nd inning. He retired Wilson and O’Neill twice each and struck them out back-to-back in the 4th inning. Wilson drew a walk from Ryan in the 5th inning.
    Last edited by Dance with Disco Dan; 04-16-2014 at 09:27 AM.

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    Start No. 2 (04/10/14)

    Ryan pitched a very strong game against the Great Lakes Loons, a Dodgers affiliate, and picked up the win in his second start of the season. The Kernels’ offense supported Ryan’s efforts by jumping on Dodger prospect Zach Bird (#13 ESPN & MLB.com) resulting in a decisive 11-2 victory. The Loons’ lineup featured Dodger prospects Jesmuel Valentin (#6 ESPN, #15 Minorleagueball.com), Jacob Scavuzzo (#14 MLB.com) and Kyle Farmer (#10 ESPN, #20 MLB.com).

    Ryan’s outing was far and away his best as a professional. After failing to get out of the 5th inning in his first start, Ryan went a full seven innings and faced only 26 batters. He gave up six hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out five. But for a fielding error on a play that, if made, would have ended the 5th inning, Ryan shut out the Loons. His game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (W, 1-1) 7.0 6 1 0 0 5 0 2.31

    If one were looking to pick nits on a terrific performance, it could be noted that three of the six hits Ryan surrendered were well-struck doubles and he did hit one batter. One thing to monitor as Ryan’s season progresses is that he’s been fly-ball prone so far this season with a GO/AO rate of .39.

    Ryan fared decently against the Loons’ higher-rated prospects: Valentin went 0-3, K; Scavuzzo went 2-3, 2 singles; and Farmer went 0-3, K, 2 DPs.

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (link is to Ryan’s MiLB.com page for more granular stats):

    Team W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR 1 1 2.31 2 2 0 0 0 11.2 11 4 3 0 3 8 0.39 .262

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280

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    Start No. 3 (04/15/14)

    Ryan followed up his best professional outing with easily his worst outing. After going seven strong innings in his prior start, he managed to complete only three innings against the South Bend Silver Hawks, a Diamondbacks affiliate. The Silver Hawks turned the line-up over twice in those three innings, sending 19 men to the plate against Ryan in a 7-5 loss. The Silver Hawks’ lineup featured Diamondback prospects Stryker Trahan (#4 ESPN, #7 Baseball America) and Daniel Palka (#15 Minorleagueball.com).

    The Silver Hawks jumped on Ryan right away scoring three runs in the first inning. They started the game: walk; single; single; double; sacrifice fly. The Silver Hawks scored two more runs in the third inning. When Ryan was replaced to start the fourth inning, the Kernels trailed 5-1. Overall, Ryan surrendered 8 hits and 2 walks. There were few, if any, positives in this start but it should be noted that Ryan struck out a season high 5 batters and four of those struck out swinging. His game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades 3.0 8 5 5 2 5 0 4.91

    Ryan did not fare well against the Silver Hawks’ higher-rated prospects: Strahan was 2-2, 2 runs, RBI; and Palka was 2-2, run, 2 RBIs.

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (link is to Ryan’s MiLB.com page for more granular stats):

    Team W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR 1 2 4.91 3 3 0 0 0 14.2 19 9 8 0 5 13 0.32 .328


    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280

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    Start No. 4 (04/22/14)

    Ryan took his third loss of the season as the Kernels fell to the Peoria Chiefs, a Cardinals affiliate, by the score of 4-1. The Kernels offense was shut down by the Chiefs’ Nick Petree, a 23-y.o., 2013 draftee who is dominating the Midwest League. Ryan threw 91 pitches over 5.2 innings, with 55 pitches thrown for strikes. He exited the game trailing 3-0. The Chiefs’ lineup featured top Cardinal prospects Carson Kelly (#7 ESPN, #10 BA) and Juan Herrera (#15 MLB.com)

    Ryan’s game line reflects a decent outing in which he fell one out short of achieving a Quality Start (if you put any stock in that statistic). What is not shown in the game line—and what factored substantially in the Chiefs’ scoring—is that Ryan threw 3 wild pitches and surrendered 3 stolen bases. Two of the three wild pitches advanced runners into position to score on subsequent plays that would not have plated those runners. This is the first game that he has shown that type of wildness and the first time he has been victimized by the running game. On the positive side, Ryan struck out 5 batters (four swinging), surrendered only one extra-base hit (a double), and did well to limit the scoring given the number of Chiefs that reached scoring position. Ryan’s game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (L, 1-3) 5.2 6 3 2 2 5 0 4.43

    Ryan had good results against the Chiefs’ higher-rated prospects: Kelly was 0-3; and Herrera was 1-3, 2B, K.

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (link is to Ryan’s MiLB.com page for more granular stats):

    Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 1 3 4.43 4 4 0 0 0 20.1 25 12 10 0 7 18 0.45 .305

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280

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    Start No. 5 (04/28/14)

    Facing the red-hot Kane County Cougars—a Cubs affiliate and the early leaders in the Midwest League Western Division—Ryan delivered in a very big way. He shut out the Cougars 1-0, in a rain-shortened victory. Ryan faced only 22 batters over six innings and recorded a season-high 6 strikeouts. The Cougars’ lineup featured only one top Cubs prospect, OF Jacob Hannemann (#17 MLB.com), but given the quality and depth that the Cubs have in the high minors, it is very possible that others in the lineup would be ranked if they played for other organizations.

    Ryan’s start was the equal of, if not better than, his second start this season and could very well be considered the best of his career. He allowed only five base runners surrendering three hits (all singles), one walk, and one hit batter. The game log indicates that he got stronger as the game progressed. He allowed only 2 base runners after the first inning and struck out 5 of the last 6 batters he faced. Unfortunately, the game was called after the sixth inning so we can’t know whether Ryan would’ve continued pitching into the seventh inning. Ryan’s game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (W, 2-3) 6.0 3 0 0 1 6 0 3.42

    Kernels CF Jason Kanzler deserves a special mention as he recorded 5 put-outs and threw a Cougars player out at home preserving the shut out. Ryan remains an extreme fly-ball pitcher through five starts which is something he will hopefully improve on as the season progresses.

    Ryan did well against Hannemann who went 0-2, K, HBP.

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (link is to Ryan’s MiLB.com and Baseball Reference pages for more granular stats):

    Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 2 3 3.42 5 5 1 1 0 26.1 28 12 10 0 8 24 0.43 .275

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280


    Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
    2014 22 0.1 Cedar Rapids MIDW A MIN 2 3 .400 3.42 5 5 0 1 1 0 26.1 28 12 10 0 8 0 24 1 0 4 114 1.367 9.6 0.0 2.7 8.2 3.00

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=eades-001rya
    Last edited by Dance with Disco Dan; 04-29-2014 at 08:23 AM.

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    Not sure if anyone saw this from mlbpipeline:
    http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/2627167...-min/?c_id=mlb

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    Start No. 6 (05/04/14)

    For the second time in three starts, Ryan faced the Peoria Chiefs, a Cardinals affiliate, and one of the two teams ahead of the Kernels in the Midwest League Western Division. This time, he picked up the win in a short but very effective outing. With the bullpen contributing four innings of one-hit ball (tip of the cap to Yorman Landa!), the Kernels shut-out the Chiefs for the second straight game, winning 2-0. Ryan was matched up against LHP Rob Kaminsky, the Cardinals’ 2013 first-round selection (#4 ESPN & MLB.com), who was making his A-ball debut, but the Chiefs gave their top two hitting prospects, C Carson Kelly (#7 ESPN, #10 BA) and SS Juan Herrera (#15 MLB.com), the day off.

    For the second straight game—and the third time in six starts—Ryan did not allow an earned run. He limited the Chiefs to five base-runners over five innings surrendering 3 hits (all singles) and 2 walks. In all, Ryan faced 19 batters and struck out five—four of them swinging. Unfortunately, I could not locate a pitch count for this outing. Looking only at the box score and game log, it is surprising that he was replaced to start the sixth inning. Perhaps he was running deep counts throughout the game, but that is just speculation. Ryan’s game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (W, 3-3) 5.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 2.87

    At the risk of jinxing things, it is worth mentioning that Ryan has not surrendered a home run through six starts and 31 innings despite being fly-ball prone. In fact, he has done a nice job limiting extra-base hits giving up only six doubles and a triple so far this season. It should also be noted that every team Ryan has faced thus far has at least a .500 record and four of his starts have been against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today.

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (link is to Ryan’s MiLB.com page for more granular stats):

    Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 3 3 2.87 6 6 1 1 0 31.1 31 12 10 0 10 29 0.48 .261

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280
    Last edited by Dance with Disco Dan; 05-04-2014 at 07:28 PM.

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    Start No. 7 (05/10/14)

    That crashing sound emanating from Appleton on Saturday was the Eades Express careening off the tracks. After three straight starts with either good or great results, Ryan logged his worst outing as a professional. Despite facing a Timber Rattlers lineup that included only one top-20 Brewers prospect, C Clint Coulter (#12 MLB.com)—keep in mind that the Brewers have the 30th ranked minor league system—Ryan allowed more base runners than outs recorded. He left the game trailing 4-1 in what was ultimately a 6-3 Timber Rattlers victory.

    In total, Ryan faced 18 batters, threw 78 pitches and recorded only eight outs. He allowed five hits and four walks while striking out only one batter. The four walks represent a season high. Most disappointing, however, was that Ryan uncorked two wild pitches during an inauspicious 3-run third inning. Both wild pitches allowed a runner on third base to score. The best thing that can be said about the outing, is that Ryan did not surrender any extra-base hits. He continues to allow relatively few (including zero HRs through seven starts) despite being a fly-ball pitcher. Ryan’s game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (L, 3-4) 2.2 5 4 3 4 1 0 3.44

    Ryan walked Coulter both times he faced him.

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (link is to Ryan’s MiLB.com page for more granular stats):

    Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 3 4 3.44 7 7 1 1 0 34.0 36 16 13 0 14 30 0.56 .271

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280
    Last edited by Dance with Disco Dan; 05-10-2014 at 08:18 PM.

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    Start No. 8 (05/17/14)

    Let’s start out with something positive: Ryan struck out a career-high seven batters against the Burlington Bees, an Angels affiliate. Unfortunately, when the Bees weren’t striking out, they were pounding the baseball en route to a 7-2 victory. The Bees, one of the poorer hitting teams in the Midwest League (collective slash-line of .240/.317/.357), continued to feast on Kernels pitching. Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Kernels could not end their losing streak which now stands at eight games—and 11 of the last 12 games.

    The Bees lineup included Angels’ prospects, OF Mike Fish (#19 MLB.com) and 2B Kody Eaves (#20 MLB.com). You better believe I was excited to learn that there is a non-zero chance the Angels could someday field an outfield with Mike Trout and Mike Fish. Moreover, I demand that Bud Selig require the Padres to ship minor league 2B-OF Mike Bass to the Angels to really give us something to dream on.

    Despite recording the seven strike outs, Ryan’s performance supplants his prior outing as the worst of his career. Ryan faced 26 batters over five innings and surrendered a career-high 7 earned runs on 9 hits and 2 walks. Most significantly, among the 9 hits were 4 doubles, a triple and a home run. He exited the game trailing 7-2 (Brandon Bixler and Hudson Boyd pitched 3 shut-out innings in relief).

    In previous updates, I noted that Ryan had allowed relatively few extra-base hits this season. In fact, I spent time Saturday morning putting together numbers on this topic to highlight how well he’s been doing. My intent was to include that data in this write-up. Predictably, pursuant to the Eddie Mush Jinx axiom, the results of that work were rendered moot before they were posted. My apologies to Ryan, I should know better. Ryan’s game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (L, 3-5) 5.0 9 7 7 2 7 1 4.62

    Ryan had mixed results against the higher-rated prospects: Fish went 2-3, 2B, 3B, DP; Eaves went 0-3, 2K.

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (links are to Ryan’s MiLB.com, Fangraphs, and Baseball-Reference pages for more granular stats):

    eam League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 3 5 4.62 8 8 1 1 0 39.0 45 23 20 1 16 37 0.56 .288

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx...448&position=P

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=eades-001rya

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    Start No. 9 (05/23/14)

    Reporting on Ryan’s progress is a lot less fun than it was four weeks ago. For the third straight game, Ryan submitted a career-worst performance. I am sure he is disappointed and I hope that his recent struggles do not signal a latent injury. The Kernels have been using a six-man starting rotation so I can’t imagine he is suffering from fatigue.

    In this game, Ryan faced the Quad Cities River Bandits, an Astros affiliate. Although the River Bandit line-up does not include any of the Astros’ top-20 prospects, that says more about the strength of the Astros’ minor-league system than the ability of the River Bandit hitters. In fact, the River Bandits are the best hitting team in the Midwest league with a collective slash-line of .285/.366/.416. Their .782 OPS is 51 points higher than the OPS of the second highest team. Unfortunately, they hit Ryan like they are a 1.500 OPS team.

    Ryan faced 24 batters and 14 of them reached base. He recorded only 11 outs and was replaced in the 4th inning. He surrendered a career-high 9 earned runs on 10 hits (including 4 doubles and a home run) and 4 walks. Grim stats on their face but made worse considering that, after two innings, Ryan had not surrendered a hit or a run (he’d walked 3 hitters). The final 16 batters he faced recorded all 10 hits and one walk. Not good times. Ryan did strike out 3 hitters but also uncorked his 7th wild pitch of the season. His current WHIP is 1.758.

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (L, 3-6) 3.2 10 9 9 4 3 1 6.12

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (links are to Ryan’s MiLB.com, Fangraphs, and Baseball-Reference pages for more granular stats):

    Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 3 6 6.12 9 9 1 1 0 42.2 55 32 29 2 20 40 0.57 .314

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx...448&position=P

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=eades-001rya

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    Start No. 10 (05/29/14)

    After three increasingly poor starts caused his ERA to balloon from 2.87 to 6.12, Ryan pitched fairly well against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Brewers affiliate. Three starts prior, the Timber Rattlers chased Ryan in the third inning. This game, Ryan pitched five innings and left the game tied 3-3 in an 8-5 Kernels loss. The Timber Rattler’s lineup again included only one top-20 Brewers prospect, C Clint Coulter (#12 MLB.com).

    But for some self-inflicted damage, Ryan would have left the game in position to win. He walked the lead-off batter in the 4th inning who came around to score on a two-out double. In the 5th inning, Ryan was charged with an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. That miscue extended the inning and led to a two-out single that plated two runners including the player that reached base on the error. In total, Ryan faced 23 batters and surrendered 1 earned run on 4 hits (including 1 double) and 2 walks. All in all, a very respectable performance and one I hope signals a return to the better form he showed in April. His game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades 5.0 4 3 1 2 4 0 5.66

    Clint Coulter was 0-2, walk against Ryan. In fact, Coulter has drawn three walks from Ryan in two games. Although he is repeating the Midwest League, Coulter is putting together an impressive season for a 20 year old catcher (1.5 years younger than the league average). His current slash line is .280/.422/.524. I don’t know if he can catch well but he is showing great plate discipline and extra-base power (2nd in the League with 9 HRs).

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (links are to Ryan’s MiLB.com, Fangraphs, and Baseball-Reference pages for more granular stats):

    Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 3 6 5.66 10 10 1 1 0 47.2 59 35 30 2 22 44 0.63 .303

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx...448&position=P

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=eades-001rya
    Last edited by Dance with Disco Dan; 05-30-2014 at 11:04 AM.

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    I wonder if Eades went through a dead arm phase or is focusing on learning new pitch or something during his decline he just went through. anyone know?

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    I saw his 5/29 start and I cannot remember one time that he fooled a batter with a changeup or breaking ball. He has a pretty good fastball (91-93 on the scoreboard) but that was it. He should be doing better in the low minors since the fastball should be enough there but I'm not sure if he will be successful in the upper minors and above without better secondary pitches.

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    My guess is that it was a bad pick by the Twins. His numbers weren't great at LSU and he doesn't seem like much of a prospect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivlikejehu View Post
    My guess is that it was a bad pick by the Twins. His numbers weren't great at LSU and he doesn't seem like much of a prospect.
    A little early to say that but I wasn't impressed (in one start).

    but in the 2nd rd do you take someone that has okay velocity and a good secondary pitch (or two) or a guy with good velocity and needs work on his secondary pitches. At least Eades has a strong arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
    I saw his 5/29 start and I cannot remember one time that he fooled a batter with a changeup or breaking ball. He has a pretty good fastball (91-93 on the scoreboard) but that was it. He should be doing better in the low minors since the fastball should be enough there but I'm not sure if he will be successful in the upper minors and above without better secondary pitches.
    I was at that game as well - he looked good until the defense let him down in the 5th. Agree with your assessment though.

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    Start No. 11 (06/06/14)

    Well, that happened. After facing the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for the third time in five starts, it’s safe to say that Ryan’s season has not turned the corner. In fact, it’s reached a new low. Ryan was pulled after only two innings. He threw 50 pitches, recorded 6 outs and surrendered 9 earned runs on, 8 hits, 2 walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Simply put, this is not the same pitcher that had a 2.87 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 8.3 SO/9, .261 AVG after six starts.

    If Ryan is not hurt, I am having a hard time understanding why his performance has fallen off the proverbial cliff. He wasn’t dominating early in the season but he was doing well enough that a late season promotion to Fort Myers looked likely. The question now is, what should the Twins do with a 22 year-old who appears to have “lost it.” Is a return to EST appropriate? The Astros did that with Appel so I assume that’s an option. I cannot think of a single Kernels pitcher who’s gotten better during the course of the season. The coaching staff certainly has had little success in turning around the pitchers that have struggled. Perhaps some new voices down in Fort Myers will be helpful.

    Sadly, this is not the performance we hoped for Ryan when he was drafted just a year ago. I am sure he feels the same way.

    Ryan’s game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (L, 3-7) 2.0 8 9 9 2 2 0 7.07

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (links are to Ryan’s MiLB.com, Fangraphs, and Baseball-Reference pages for more granular stats):

    eam League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 3 7 7.07 11 11 1 1 0 49.2 67 44 39 2 24 46 0.68 .322

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx...448&position=P

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=eades-001rya
    Last edited by Dance with Disco Dan; 06-14-2014 at 08:13 PM.

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    Start No. 12 (06/12/14)

    Ryan’s season experienced in uptick in this start against the Quad Cities River Bandits, an Astros affiliate. While not dominant, Ryan pitched his third Quality Start of the season in the Kernels’ 5-2 victory. This effort was a marked improvement over his prior start against the River Bandits in which he surrendered 9 runs in only 3.2 innings.

    This game, Ryan went seven full innings and exited leading 4-2. He faced 26 batters and surrendered 2 earned runs on nine hits (only one for extra bases) and one walk. The River Bandits helped Ryan out immensely, however, by having four runners cut down on the bases. That fact, and only two strike outs, tempers my excitement over the improvement this start represents. Nevertheless, a performance like this one can go a long way toward restoring Ryan’s confidence and hopefully is a sign of better things to come.

    Ryan’s game line was as follows:

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Ryan Eades (W, 4-7) 7.0 9 2 2 1 2 0 6.51

    Ryan’s season stat line is as follows (links are to Ryan’s MiLB.com, Fangraphs, and Baseball-Reference pages for more granular stats):

    Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    CR MID 4 7 6.51 12 12 1 1 0 56.2 76 46 41 2 25 48 0.69 .328

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=592280

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx...448&position=P

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=eades-001rya
    Last edited by Dance with Disco Dan; 06-22-2014 at 07:48 PM.

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