Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of LSU, right-handed pitching prospect Ryan Eades transitioned to the bullpen nearly full-time in 2017, splitting the year between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester, and finishing 6-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 30 games (nine starts). Over 87.1 innings pitched in that span, the tall, lanky righty allowed 65 hits (6.7 H/9, .209 opponents’ batting average) and 33 walks (3.4 BB/9) while posting 67 strikeouts (6.9 K/9). After the season, the Minnesota Twins sent Eades to the Arizona Fall League to pitch for the Surprise Saguaros, where he appeared ten times (one start) and finished 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched (14 hits, three walks, 13 strikeouts).
A tall righty with great downward plane and a surprisingly deep arsenal even after his move to the bullpen, Ryan Eades has set-up man upside with potential command improvements and more consistency in off-speed execution, though he’ll likely fall back into middle relief unless he can miss more bats than he’s shown with his arsenal to date. Baseball Census saw him pitch multiple times at the AFL over the last two months; below, we’ve got a full Ryan Eades scouting report, including tool grades, game video, and projection notes.
Ryan Eades Scouting Report, Minnesota Twins — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: Arizona Fall League
Ryan Eades Scouting Report — Minnesota Twins — 2017 Game Video
Ryan Eades Scouting Report — Notes, Analysis & Projection
Ryan Eades is a memorable guy to watch throw: with long hair, long arm action, some herky jerky stuff going on in his delivery, and a remarkably deep arsenal for a reliever , I took notice all four times I saw him pitch at the Arizona Fall League. But the more I saw him, the more cooled off on his stuff and execution; there are command issues here — particularly in off-speed execution — which will ultimately limit his relief ceiling. To boot, Eades falls short of having true wipeout stuff coming out of the ‘pen that would ideally point him to higher leverage relief innings. Ultimately, I think he’s a middle/long reliever (or perhaps a swingman, depending on how the Minnesota Twins view Ryan Eades’ long-term rotation future). The deep arsenal and raw physicality are there to push that ceiling if things somehow fall into place in the coming years, but it’s most likely Ryan Eades will become a lower leverage bullpen arm who should reach Minnesota for a stint late next year.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Middle relief (6th/7th inning) potential at ceiling thanks to deep arsenal and physical upside; more likely ticketed for up-and-down/long relief unless he can miss more bats (40/45)
MLB ETA: 2018
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