After the bullpen meltdown witnessed in today’s game, here’s a guy who might give them some help in the future:
14. Stephen Pryor
Position: RHP | Hits: R Throws: R
DOB: 7/23/1989 | HT: 6’6″ WT: 225 LB
Notes: Converted to relief pitching immediately after being drafted in the fifth round this past June, Pryor immediately took to the role and looks as though he could flourish in the ‘pen.
Pryor slings in some heavy heat, with his fastball topping out at 97 during his 11 game stint with Everett last year, and some reports having it hitting as high as 99 MPH at times. It can get a little bit of a heavy action to it at times, but other times it flies pretty true; Pryor’s mechanics can get a little off at times, and it can make his fastball a bit more hittable and give him command issues.
He also throws a slider that he’s been developing for the last year or so after abandoning his old curveball, and while it’s firmly a work in progress right now, it’s still good enough to keep hitters off balance when hitters are looking for his fastball. Pryor’s slider is still very much a work-in-progress, but it looks like it could become at least an above-average pitch.
Some reports also indicate that Pryor has worked on a changeup; if so, and if he can make it usable, that will make him very hard to face indeed.
2011 Outlook: Slated to start in High Desert once he’s off the DL; could advance quickly once he shows he’s healthy and effective again.
Major League ETA: 2012