Monday, April 08, 2013

Ryu Named One of MLB's Top Ten Rookies

Jim Bowden over at ESPN ranked the top ten rookies in the majors, and Hyun-Jin Ryu snagged the fourth spot (link insider only):

4. Hyun-Jin Ryu | LHP | Los Angeles Dodgers

I was at the Dodgers’ game Tuesday night and sat behind home plate to scout Ryu first-hand. His fastball was mostly 89-91 mph, but he touched 93. His changeup was his best secondary pitch, but he also threw some nasty hard sliders. His curve was below average -- a slow looping curve that got hit hard. He had a consistent release point with all of his pitches, hiding the ball well with deception. His arm speed and release point were the same on all pitches. Besides the curve, the other glaring weakness was he didn’t get off the mound well for bunts on multiple occasions, and that could become a problem in one-run games. He looks like a solid midrotation workhorse.

Jedd Gyorko of the Padres (2B / 3B) took the top slot, the only other NL West mention.

photo: Harry How / Getty Images


Hideo Nomo said...

I just caught up on yesterday's GT. I am very disappointed no one followed Orel's "John McDonald has an arm!" with E-I-E-I-O.

Orel said...