Trey Ball Portland Sea Dogs  |  Pitcher

     
 


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Age: 24
Born: June 27, 1994
New Castle, IN
Height: 6-6
Weight: 205
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 1st round, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
High School: New Castle HS (IN)

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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
Scouting Scratch: Trey Ball (3.24.15)
Pitching coach's prediction for Trey Ball... (4.8.15)
Podcast Ep. 87: Trey Ball Interview (10.26.15)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review

The Write Up (5.3.17)
Scouting Scratch: Trey Ball (7.19.17)

Physical Description: Tall, lanky left-hander with great athleticism. Minimal projection remaining. Has filled out since he entered the system and looks listed 6-foot-5, 215 pounds.

Mechanics: Efficient, low-effort delivery. Loose arm with little wasted motion. Throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a high leg kick. Short arm action and average arm speed. Starts his delivery with his glove high and in front of his face. Doesnít use a wind-up, stepping back and going into his high leg lift before coming forward to the plate. Has some deception in his delivery, keeping the ball hidden behind his body until late.

Fastball: 90-92 mph. Tops out at 94 mph. Pitch is straight and lacks life. Below-average command and control. Struggles to miss bats. Hasnít added the velocity that was expected given his projectability since he signed. Average potential. Will also show a two-seam fastball at 88-90 mph with some arm-side run.

Slider/Cutter: 83-87 mph. Has developed greatly since he began throwing the pitch in games in July 2015. Now will rely on it in outings more than his fastball at times. Shows confidence in the pitch and willing to throw it in any count and to both right and left-handed hitters. Shows bite and late horizontal movement. In the upper end of the velocity range, the pitch looks more cutter-like, but on the lower end it has more depth and tilt. Has shown the ability to locate the pitch when ahead in the count and bury it down-and-in against right-handed hitters. Needs to improve consistency with pitch from outing to outing and within games. Pitch will flatten out when left up in the zone. Projects as an average-to-better offering.

Changeup: 80-84 mph. Has shown advanced feel for the pitch in the past, but struggled at times with the pitch in 2017. Throws from the same arm speed and slot as his fastball. Late fade when kept down in the zone. Average potential.

Curveball: 72-75 mph. Didnít start throwing until his junior year of high school. Below-average potential. 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. Used primarily early in counts to steal a strike. Rarely uses late in counts.

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). Missed the start of the 2016 season with a knee injury. DH'd into two games at the end of the 2018 season. Worked as an outfielder in 2018 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Projects as Triple-A depth that could develop into a major league middle reliever. Stuff hasnít developed as anticipated since he signed.  Lacks any above-average pitch. Has moved to the bullpen where he can focus on his fastball/slider combination and not have to worry about holding velocity deep into outings, and his lack of consistency and command can be minimized.

 
   
  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
  2015 Salem Car A+ Bos 20 9 13 0.409 4.73 25 25 0 129.1 129 78 68 16 60 77 1.46 1.28 5.36
  2016 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 8 6 0.571 3.84 23 23 0 117.1 121 61 50 8 68 86 1.61 1.26 6.60
  2016 Surprise AFL Fall Bos 21 1 1 0.500 6.08 11 0 0 13.1 10 9 9 0 13 9 1.73 0.69 6.08
  2017 Portland East AA Bos 22 7 12 0.368 5.27 25 24 0 124.2 161 93 73 17 57 103 1.75 1.81 7.44
  2018 Portland East AA Bos 23 4 4 0.500 7.58 34 1 0 65.1 97 60 55 11 26 56 1.88 2.15 7.71
 
 
  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 2018
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2017):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2018): MiLB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2013 Rawlings First-Team All-American
2013 Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (June 2015)
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (May 2016)
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (June 20-26, 2016)
2016 Arizona Fall League Rising Star
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 14-20, 2014)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 13-19, 2015)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 8-14, 2015)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 16-22, 2016)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 14-20, 2017)

 

  

 
 

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