Ty Buttrey Portland Sea Dogs |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 23
Born: March 31, 1993
Charlotte, NC
Height: 6-6
Weight: 230
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th round, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Providence (NC)

Photo © William Parmeter

SoxProspecs.com Links
2013 Prospect Preview
Scouting Scratch: Buttrey, Gomez, Grover (7.3.13)

2013 Top 40 Season in Review
Podcast Ep. 80: Ty Buttrey interview (7.17.15)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review

Physical Description: Large pitcher’s frame with minimal remaining projection. Listed height and weight look accurate.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Stiff, vertical delivery. Long arm action behind with a stab then short coming forward. High leg kick. Upper body/arm-heavy delivery. Struggles with repeating delivery and keeping line to the plate. Only average arm speed. Lefties get a really good look at the ball.

Fastball: 92-94 mph, topping out at 97 mph. Needs to pitch with downward plane more consistently. Fastball lacks life and doesn’t miss enough bats. Well below-average command and control. Plus velocity, but pitch plays closer to average.

Changeup: 83-85 mph. Drops with split-like movement at times. Mostly firm with minimal movement. Some feel. Potential average offering.

Slider: 82-84 mph. Sweepy, horizontal break. Lacks bite. First showed in 2016. Below-average potential. 

Curveball: 79-81 mph. Short, vertical 12-to-6 break. Lacks depth and tends to roll to the plate. Below-average potential. In the past has thrown a version at 75-77 mph with long 12-to-6 break. Inconsistent, but will flash average-to-slightly above-average potential. Used to instead throw a knuckle-curve between 74-78 mph that flashed plus potential, but switched to a traditional curveball during the 2015 season with Salem.

Career Notes: Missed significant time in 2014 with a broken hand suffered when he punched the ground in frustration after failing to make a play, hitting a sprinkler. Moved to the bullpen during the 2016 season.

Summation: Projects as a fringe Triple-A arm. Has the size you want to see in a pitcher, but stuff doesn’t miss enough bats, and needs to improve secondaries and command and control. When on will show intriguing stuff, but to inconsistent and rarely has everything working at once. Has struggled in the past with controlling emotions while on the mound, showing visible frustration and letting innings snowball.

 
   
    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
  2012 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 19 0 0 --- 1.80 4 3 0 5.0 5 2 1 0 1 5 1.20 5.00 9.00
  2013 Lowell NYPL A Bos 20 4 3 0.571 2.21 13 13 0 61.0 54 21 15 0 21 35 1.23 1.67 5.16
  2014 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 21 0 0 --- 1.80 2 2 0 5.0 2 1 1 0 1 4 0.60 4.00 7.20
  2014 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 0 0 --- 3.09 3 2 0 11.7 11 6 4 0 7 12 1.54 1.71 9.26
  2014 Greenville SAL A Bos 21 0 5 0.000 6.85 11 11 0 46.0 59 41 35 5 24 40 1.80 1.67 7.83
  2015 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 1 0 1.000 2.45 4 4 0 22.0 17 8 6 2 3 22 0.91 7.33 9.00
  2015 Salem Car A+ Bos 22 8 10 0.444 4.20 21 21 0 115.7 117 62 54 5 45 81 1.40 1.80 6.30
  2016 Portland East AA Bos 23 1 9 0.100 4.44 33 9 0 79.0 80 52 39 6 46 52 1.59 1.13 5.92
   
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: BUT-tree
First Pro Contract:
June 15, 2012 by Quincy Boyd (Boston)
Signing Bonus: $1,300,000
MiLB Debut: August 1, 2012 (GCL Red Sox)
MLFA Eligible: November 2018
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2017
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2016):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2016): MiLB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (April 2015)
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 8-14, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 4-10, 2015)

 

  

 
 

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