Connelly Early Greenville Drive Pitcher

Age: 22
Born: April 3, 2002
Birthplace: Midlothian, VA
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 5th round, 2023 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Virginia
High School: James River (VA)
ETA: Late 2026

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First Pro Contract: July 21, 2023 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Wallace Rios
Signing Bonus: $408,500
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2026
MLFA Eligible: November 2028
Pro Debut: September 3, 2023 (Salem)
Added to 40-man: ---
MLB Debut: ---
Service Time (1/24): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2024): MiLB contract
Twitter: @ConnellyEarly
Instagram: @connelly_early

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Tall, athletic frame with some remaining projection. Long limbs, has room to add muscle.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Medium-high leg kick. Quick arm action. Some effort in his delivery including a head whack, but repeats his delivery well.

Fastball: 91-93 mph. Average life. Has some room for added velocity as he matures. Solid command and control profile. Potential average offering.

Changeup: 80-82 mph. Best secondary pitch. Advanced feel and confidence. At its best, shows the ability to pull the string on it and have it fall down and out of the zone. Throws with deceptive arm speed and has good separation from his fastball. Potential plus offering.

Curveball: 79-81 mph. Inconsistent shape. Will get over it and snap some good ones off, but others are loose and roll to the plate. Potential fringe-average offering.
  Cutter: 87-88 mph. Cut-slider with short, horizontal break. Potential below-average offering.

Career Notes: Third team All-ACC in 2023. Attended Army for his first two seasons where his team won back-to-back Patriot League titles. In 2022, was First Team All-Patriot League and voted Patriot League Pitcher of the Year.

Summation: Potential organizational starter. Ceiling of an emergency depth starter. Durable and has solid pitchability, but present stuff other than his changeup is fringy. If his stuff takes a step forward, he could develop into a very interesting arm. As is, still has a relatively high floor with his feel and ability to locate all of his pitches and change speeds.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in regular season game action.

Red Sox select Connelly Early with fifth-round pick (7.10.23)
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2023 Virginia ACC NCAA --- 21 12 3 3.09 19 18 0 87.1 82 35 30 8 3 23 100 1.20 10.31 2.36
2023 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 21 --- --- DNP --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
2023 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 21 0 0 4.50 1 1 0 2.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 0.50 18.00 0.00
2024 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 22     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  2019 Virginia All-State
2021 Second Team All-Patriot League
2022 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year
2022 First Team All Patriot League
2022 Third Team All ACC

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