2013 Stats: 37.1 IP, 2.65 ERA, 1.205 WHIP, 17/13 K/BB (8 GS, Low-A)
As mentioned in an earlier slide, the Red Sox enjoy an impressive collection of raw, high-ceiling pitching prospects.
Ty Buttrey certainly falls under that category.
The 20-year-old right-hander was drafted in the fourth round out of high school last year due to his impressive physical build and effective raw stuff.
Buttrey’s height allows him to employ an effective downward plane on his fastball, eliciting a fair amount of weak contact and ground-ball outs. His fastball usually clocks in around 90 miles per hour, but he can reach the mid-90s in short stretches. He should add a few more ticks to his velocity as he fills out his monstrous frame.
Buttrey’s primary secondary offering is a mid-70s curveball that shows good depth and break, considering his lack of experience. It could develop into a plus offering in the future. Buttrey’s changeup also has good potential to develop into an above-average offering at the big league level. He has a great feel for his changeup.
Buttrey is not a complete player by any stretch of the imagination, however. He has several development needs that must be addressed in the coming years.
The primary concern with Buttrey is his below-average fastball command. While he’s been able to limit the walk totals, his struggles with locating his fastball have resulted in less-than-stellar strikeout numbers. His command struggles likely stem from inconsistencies repeating his arm slot.
Buttrey’s fastball also lacks life at times. As a result, he is often hit hard when he leaves it up in the zone. He is most effective when working almost exclusively in the lower third of strike zone.
Buttrey has a high ceiling, but there are some holes in his game that must be filled for him to reach his full potential.
Projection: Late-inning reliever/spot starter
Ceiling: Reliable No. 3 starter.