2015 Draft Profile: Riley Ferrell

School: TCU; Class: Junior

Position: RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-1; Weight: 200

Previously Drafted: N/A


Background: One of the nation’s premier relievers throughout his three-year career with the Horned Frogs – in terms of production he’s right up there with UCLA’s David Berg – Ferrell has had very few blips. He opened up his collegiate career with a 39-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a pair of saves in 32.2 innings of work, earning him a nod on the Big 12 All-Freshman team. Ferrell would also earn another prestigious nod as well: he was invited – and accepted – an invitation to play for Team USA, where he would average nearly two whiffs per inning in nine appearances.

Ferrell, who teamed with formed Horned Frog Brandon Finnegan two years ago, followed that up with an even better showing in 2014: 45.1 IP, 70 punch outs, 14 free passes, and just four earned runs. This season Ferrell has battled some control issues – he’s walked 17 in 27.0 innings – but continues to rack up plenty of strikeouts (14.0 K/9).


Projection: Shutdown, dominant closer in waiting. And the minor control hiccup this season, Ferrell has been historically shown better-than-average control. Throw in one of the better fastballs in the draft, and he’s primed to move quickly through the minors. In terms of comparables think Nick Burdi, Minnesota’s second round pick last season.


Ceiling:  1.5- to 2.0-win player

Floor:  1.0-win player

Risk:  Low to Moderate

Grade: Mid- to Late-First Round


Photo Courtesy of tcu360.com.


After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.