By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 6, 2013
Ryne Stanek is a guy I had seen at Area Codes and then his freshman year when he didn’t sign out of high school. He always had velocity but his arm action has always scared me. I think he asks a lot of his elbow and for me he’s an injury risk. But if you get him healthy on a good day, he can be nasty. It’s more a question of in what role will he be nasty enough, long enough, to become a regular major league contributor.
This video is from his freshman year at San Diego State. I haven’t seen him since so I would want to look for how much more coordinated his mechanics are. There’s too much missing in this video. Mainly his body is too far in front of his arm, his arm is dragging and sinking, he’s not downhill to save his life, and he ends up throwing darts. The slide step there, well, that’s the slide step of a college freshman. The other thing I don’t like is the lack of flexibility there — he’s pretty stiff throwing the flat ground right there. So he ends up looking like a tall, stiff right-hander who throws hard but whose arm doesn’t work. Chances are you can only clean up so much so fast. I’d be that one area guy saying why I don’t like the guy who touches 95, but that’s me. This is just inefficient velocity. Gets you as far as Triple-A.