The Atlanta Braves have traded veteran relief pitcher Jason Grilli to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitching prospect Sean Ratcliffe. Here's a quick look at the newest member of the burgeoning Braves farm operation.
Sean Ratcliffe, RHP: Ratcliffe is a local talent for the Jays, drafted in the 18th round in 2013 from Ajax, Ontario. He was mainly a catcher in high school but the Jays were impressed with his arm strength and moved him to the mound full-time. He spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons in the Gulf Coast League, struggling with his command, but took a step forward in the Northwest League in 2015, posting a 3.60 ERA in 40 innings with a 30/16 K/BB and 36 hits allowed. He is currently in extended spring training and hasn't pitched in a 2016 regular game yet.
Ratcliffe has good size at 6-4, 200. The 21-year-old throws hard, reportedly in the low-to-mid-90s, but his secondary pitches (primarily a slider) need polish as does his overall command. His strikeout rate is rather low for a guy who throws hard, reflecting the need for sharper secondaries, but his walk rate did improve dramatically last year.
He is a Grade C prospect at this point, a live arm who may or may not become something more.
The only video I can find of Ratcliffe is from back when he was a catcher before being drafted. It does give you some idea of his arm strength.