Ryne Stanek, RHP, University of Arkansas, College Junior
Birthdate: 7/26/91 Age at Draft: 22.00
Stanek was a very good prospect out of Blue Valley HS in Kansas. He was looked at by many as a 1st round or supplemental round talent. He was thin and projectable. He was a low 90’s thrower at that point but slid into the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. He decided not to sign and followed thru with his commitment to Arkansas. He had a solid but not a spectacular Freshman year and followed it up with a very good Sophomore season. He has pitched for Team USA each of the last two summers.
At 6’4" and 180 pounds, Stanek could easily add 15-20 pounds to his frame to help support the long season but I’m not sure he has the body type to be able to do it as he has a thin, lean build.
His fastball is usually in the 92-94 range but I’ve seen it as low as 91 and up to 96. He gets very good movement on his fastball. It isn’t a dominant pitch but it is a very good fastball he can work off of to set up his other offerings. His breaking ball looked more like a curve in the past and wasn’t as good as the more recent slider he has been using. His arm slot is a ¾ delivery and the slider can be a plus pitch. It usually is in the 84-87 MPH range. His change is also in the 85-87 MPH range and has some fade. It is an average offering and it could improve. He has good command and incredible poise on the mound.
He just looks like a reliable pitcher. He doesn’t have pinpoint command or any crazy knockout pitches. His presence on the mound makes me think he will play better than his stuff and his stuff is at the level of a solid #3 starter with potential to be a #2 if the change develops and I don’t see any reason it won’t. He won’t be an ace but he could be a very valuable arm for a team at the top of this draft. He will likely be a top 10 pick and should be considered at #1 overall. Stanek missed out on being a draft eligible sophomore last year by about a week. He would have been in the same tier as Kevin Gausman and may have even edged him out in my rankings. It would have been close. We will see how his Junior season goes.