Ryne Stanek: Prospect Profile for Tampa Bay Rays' 1st-Round Pick

Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterJune 6, 2013

June 18, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks pitcher Ryne Stanek (55) throws against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second inning of game eight of the 2012 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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Player: Ryne Stanek

Drafted by: Tampa Bay Rays (No. 29 Overall)

Position: RHP

DOB: 7/26/1991 (Age: 21)

Height/Weight: 6’4”/190 lbs

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Arkansas

Previously Drafted: 2010, Seattle Mariners (third round)



A third-round draft pick of the Mariners in 2010, Stanek instead chose to honor his commitment to the University of Arkansas, where, over the last three years, the right-hander has emerged as one of the top pitchers in the nation.

After making a strong impression during his freshman campaign, Stanek officially put himself on the draft radar by posting a 2.82 ERA in 92.2 innings as a sophomore. During the following summer, he strengthened his stock with a strong showing while pitching for the Team USA collegiate squad. As a result, the right-hander was widely regarded as a likely top-10 selection in the 2013 draft.

However, Stanek’s stuff has a taken a step back this season in terms of both velocity and effectiveness; his fastball hasn’t been as crisp and his secondary offerings have been less defined and consistent.

Stanek is still regarded as a first-round pick, but there’s no question that his up-and-down junior campaign at Arkansas has impacted his overall stock.


Full Scouting Report

Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.


Projectable 6’4”, 190-pound frame; high leg kick; extends too far with front side before foot strike; fast arm action from mid three-quarter slot; long, extended stride can cause arm to drag; potential injury risk; may impact ability to handle a large workload over course of a full season; tends to open with front side too early.


Fastball: 60/60

Sits 91-95 mph; has sat a few ticks lower at points this spring; has reached 96-97 mph in the past; generates forced arm-side run due to dragging arm; command of the offering varies; flattens out when left up in the zone; too hittable; needs to get on top of the pitch to create better sinking action on downhill plane.


Curveball: 50/60

Underused pitch in the low 80s; potential weapon that’s taken a backseat to his slider over the last two years; offering will be utilized as a professional; thrown with tight spin and hard break.


Slider: 45/60

Pitch has lost a grade over the last year; still a potential plus offering; thrown with velocity in the 84-87 mph range; potential to be out-pitch at next level with more consistency; has never led to the amount of whiffs that it should; good tilt and depth; late, hard-diving action off the plate; overused; improved sequencing might improve effectiveness.


Control: 40/50

High-effort delivery and inconsistent three-quarters arm slot hinders control; works too many deep counts.


Command: 40/50

Has relied on velocity and movement against college hitters; sequencing and use of pitches will need to be adjusted at the next level; average fastball command to both sides of the plate; will need to pound the lower portion of the strike zone with more consistency; needs to pitch off his slider less often; lack of speed differential between curveball and slider may be an issue against more advanced hitters.


MLB Player Comparison: Edwin Jackson


Projection: Ceiling of a No. 2 or 3 starter; floor of a late-inning reliever.


MLB ETA: 2016


Chances of Signing: 99.9 percent