Trey Ball Salem Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 


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Age: 21
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 © Kelly O'Connor

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

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: 90-92 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Plus potential. Below-average command at present. Struggles to miss bats. Pitch crispness improved as the 2014 season went on. Has added velocity and significant movement to the pitch as a professional, and present struggles with command may stem from learning to harness increased movement of pitch.

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: 70-72 mph. Didnít start throwing until his junior year of high school. 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. Has thrown the pitch in a 73-76 mph velocity range, but has apparently gone back to the slower version of the pitch in 2016.

Slider/Cutter: ~84 mph. Began throwing the pitch in games in July 2015.

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.

Summation:
Middle of the rotation potential. Extremely raw, particularly for someone drafted so early, and has a long way to go to reach that potential, but has made significant strides as a professional, even while on-field results have not followed. 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. Appears as though he may have turned a corner in early 2016.

 
   
  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 0 129.3 129 78 68 16 60 77 1.46 1.28 5.36
  2016 Salem Car A+ Bos 21     stats                            
 
 
  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 2015):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2016): 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)
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)

 

  

 
 

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