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School: Vanderbilt; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 180 pounds
Previously Drafted: New York Yankees, 44th round, 2011
Background: Barely used through his first two seasons, the 6-foot-2 right-hander, who tossed just a combined 22.0 innings of erratic ball, underwent a mechanical overhaul during his freshman season and was used in low leverage situations the follow year. So the fact that he’s thrown 29.2 innings this season represents a bit of a coming out party for Ravernelle.
The former 44th round draft pick of the Yankees coming out of high school has put his problematic control behind him – or so it seems. After averaging 5.72 BB/9 during his first two seasons (not to mention his 16 walks in 17.2 innings in the Cape last summer), Ravenelle has nearly halved that rate, trimming to a much more manageable 3.03 BB/9 in 2014. He’s also struck out 31 too.
Projection: Talk about a sleeper with upside. Ravenelle has improved control, granted in a short sample size, very little wear-and-tear on his right-arm, and what could turn out to be an above-average ability to miss bats.
Personally, I would love for whichever team that drafts him to ease him into a starting role because there’s some serious, serious upside here. Think mid-rotation. It’d be a long shot, of course, but a smart gamble nonetheless.
If he doesn’t get that chance, Ravenelle still has the potential to turn into a dominant late-inning option out of a big league bullpen, though there’s some odds stacked against him there too. A risky, but equally high gamble.
Ceiling: 2.0-win player (starter); 1.0-win player (reliever)
Floor: Replacement Level to 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low (starter); Low to Moderate (reliever)
Draft Projection: Third Round
Photo Courtesy of Ellen Harasimowicz for The Globe via boston.com.