Rays Draft Ryne Stanek | The Process Report

Rays Draft Ryne Stanek

The Rays selected collegiate right-hander Ryne Stanek with the 29th pick in the 2013 MLB draft. Stanek is another player we profiled during the lead-in to the draft. Here’s what we said:

Stanek is listed at 6-foot-4 though his wingspan may exceed that. He delivers the ball from a three-quarters arm slot with a strong, quick arm. Unfortunately the delivery looks top-heavy, and he lands on a stiff front leg. At his best he throws two potential plus-to-double-plus offerings in his fastball and slider, along with a third possibly average offering in his changeup. There are command concerns, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Stanek’s name mentioned as a pitcher who may wind up in the bullpen—especially if his stuff wavers as it has this season. Still it’s possible, if not probable that he’ll be off the board before the Rays pick at 21.

Perfect Game ranked Stanek the seventh-best prospect in the draft and noted, “Those who like him the most point to his consistent mid-90s fastball that tops at 97 mph with heavy sink and his mid-80s slider as two future plus to plus/plus big league pitches and see him as a potential top 10 pick.”

Baseball America added, “A tweak here or there could unlock Stanek’s frontline potential, but other scouts see him as a future closer or set-up man in the Daniel Bard mold.”

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