Riley Ferrell MLB Draft Prospect Profile

Riley Ferrell

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Riley Ferrell MLB Draft Prospect
Draft Expectation: First Round 2015
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School: Year: Junior
Height/Weight-6’1″/200 lbs
Previously Drafted: NEVER
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Riley Ferrell Scouting Report:

Ferrell is TCU’s closer and he has all the makings of a quality reliever at the big league level.  Armed with a 94-97mph fastball, a devastating slider and improved command, Ferrell will make a team very excited about their future.  He posted a school record 15 saves in 2014 and is on pace to break the record in 2015.

Riley Ferrell draft update- he was drafted in the third round in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. Ferrell signed his pro contract on June 26 for 41-million dollars which was $234,000 over the recommended slot value.

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

2014 Season: 31G/0GS – 3W/1L -0.79ERA- 70K -45.1IP – 20H – 5R/4ER – 14BB -15SV

Returned to the closer role for the 2015 season.
Didn’t see action until the third game of the season (vs. Southern Illinois on 2/15), posted a clean inning with two strikeouts.
Collected his first save of the season on 2/22 vs Arizona State; 1IP, 0H, 0R.
Grabbed save number two on 2/25 vs. Texas Southern; 1Ip, 1BB, 2K.
Converted his third straight save opportunity in a win over Rice on 3/3; 1IP, 0H, 2K.
Tossed a scoreless ninth to collect his fourth save in a win over UCLA on 3/7.
Pitched 1.2 innings at Dodger stadium in a matchup of the two Number Ones, Vanderbilt and TCU; 1.2IP, 1BB, 3K, SV#5.
Sixth and seventh straight converted saves came on 3/13 and 3/14 vs Baylor.
First blown save of the season came on 3/20 vs Oklahoma State; 2IP, 1H, 1ER, 1BB, 5K.
Collected his 11th save of the season on 4/25 vs Texas; 1.1IP, 2H, 1R/0ER, 1BB, 2K.
Pitched in a career-high 31 games, all out of the bullpen.
Allowed just one run in just four of his 31 appearances.
His season debut came on 2/16 vs Jacksonville;  1.2IP.
Grabbed his win of the year on 2/22 against TAMU-Corpus Christi.
Sat down all five batters he faced against Houston on 3/2 to earn his first save.
Struck out a career-high six batters against Michigan State on 3/9.
K’ed two of the three batters he faced on 3/25 versus UT Pan American.
Posted nine straight appearances without allowing a run.
Picked up a save in seven straight appearances from 4/5 through 4/27.
Tied the school record with his 12th save in the opening game of the Big 12 Tournament against Baylor on 3/21.
Struck out three against Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament on 5/24 to set the school record with his 13th save.
Struck out four to earn his 15th save against Pepperdine in the NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional on 6/7.
About Riley Ferrell:

Astros select TCU pitcher Riley Ferrell in third round writes
Day Two of the Draft Starts with Riley Ferrell adds Houston Chronicle
Ferrell Named First Team All Big 12 via
TCU will be tough to end courtesy of Ferrell by Dallas Star Telegram.
TCU Falls to Vandy but Ferrell Stands out via SEC
USA Baseball reveals 30-player Golden Spikes Award watch list writes
Ferrell Working Through A Rough Patch via Fort-Worth Star Telegram
Astros 3rd Round Pick, Riley Ferrell Signs Pro Contract adds
Ferrell Heads to Quad City to Begin his Pro Career writes Astros411

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FRANZ DOREZA - June 7, 2015

I really would like the Cubs to take a relief pitcher in the 2nd..IF he’s there..but most teams won’t use a 1st round pick on a bullpen guy..But the Cubs NEED more bullpen arms with Neil Ramirez down and Hector Rondon being the worst option as a closer. Why Rondon was given the job makes no sense to me, and Maddon will realize this soon enough..His fastball is flat with little to no movement..and he overuses that pitch and gives up too much hard contact..lately he’s been very lucky “closing” games, and you can see how the starting pitchers and some team mates look on with very little confidence…Last year he developed a slider, and improved at the end of the season..this year? Too many fastballs..flat and easy to whack..he doesn’t locate it very well and often throws it down the middle which results in a terrible .270 batting avg..vs..Pedro Strop has the right “stuff” to be a closer..He’s got the attitude, moxie, a good fastball with movement and sink and a devastating slider that gets a ton of swing and miss..his avg. vs is .157..his ERA is a bit hight due to a bad inning.But when you bring in a closer, you want K’s and weak contact and that’s what Pedro Strop brings..IF I’m the Cubs GM or manager..Rondon is gone or sent to AAA to work on secondary pitches, a cut fastball with some movement, a change up and better control of his slider..Maddon pulled him vs the Nats before he blew the game like I thought he would..Joe has finally seen the light and hopefully Strop will be the least until Ramirez comes back..Those 2 pitchers make a great late inning duo.

FRANZ DOREZA - June 7, 2015

Can someone please change the text? It’s too light and hard to read..

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