Trey Ball Greenville Drive  |  Pitcher

     
 


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Age: 20
Born: June 27, 1994
New Castle, IN
Height: 6-6
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 1st round, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: New Castle HS (IN)

Photo © William Parmeter

SoxProspects.com Links
Ball, Denney adjusting to pro life in GCL (8.22.13)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
ESPNBoston: Ball getting his feet wet (3.30.14)
Scouting Scratch: Trey Ball and Rafael Devers (4.2.14)
2014 Top 40 Season in Review

Physical Description: Tall, lanky left-hander with great athleticism. Very projectable. Thin frame with lots of room to fill out. Needs to add strength.  

Mechanics: Efficient, low-effort delivery. Loose arm with little wasted motion. Throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a high leg kick. Mechanics got out of sorts during the first half of the 2014 season. Opened early with his arm dragging behind and struggled to find his release point. Arm speed improved as the 2014 season progressed.  

Fastball: 89-92 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Velocity fades later into outings. Plus potential. Below-average command at present. Struggles to miss bats. Lacks life. Pitch crispness improved as the 2014 season went on. Potential to settle into the low-90s as he matures.  

Changeup: 80-84 mph. Advanced feel. Really improved during the second half of the 2014 season. Plus potential. Throws from the same arm speed and slot as his fastball. Late fade when kept down in the zone.  

Curveball: 70-74 mph. Didnít start throwing until his junior year of high school. Average potential. Typical slow, left-handed pitcherís curveball. Work in progress right now. Inconsistent within outings. At its best, has tight rotation with good shape, but was often on the loose side and rolled to the plate. Doesnít consistently finish the pitch.  

Career Notes: Committed to the University of Texas before signing. Two-way player in high school in Indiana and was also a first-round talent in the outfield. Really struggled in first 11 starts of 2014 (1-7, 7.27 ERA, 71 hits, 17 walks, and 29 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings), but significantly improved over his final 11 (4-3, 2.70 ERA, 40 hits, 22 walks, and 39 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings).

Summation:
Middle of the rotation potential, but extremely raw and has a long way to go to reach that potential. Low mileage arm with limited development focused solely on pitching. Needs to work on mound presence and poise. Potential to have two plus offerings with a fringe-average to average third pitch. Progress could be slow, but showed improvement and the ability to make adjustments during the second half of the 2014 season.

 
   
  Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2013 New Castle HS --- HS --- 18 6 0 1.000 0.76 10 --- --- 46.0 --- --- --- --- 13 93 --- 7.15 18.20
  2013 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 0 1 0.000 6.43 5 5 0 7.0 10 7 5 1 6 5 1.86 0.83 6.43
  2014 Greenville SAL A Bos 19 5 10  0.333 4.68 22 22 0 100.0 111 69 52 9 39 68 1.50 1.74 6.12
 
 
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 19, 2013 by John Pyle
Signing Bonus: $2,750,000
MiLB Debut: July 29, 2013 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2019
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2017
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2014):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2015): MiLB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2013 Rawlings First-Team All-American
2013 Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
2014 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 30-July 6, 2014)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 14-July 20, 2014)

 

  

 
 

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