The good people over at Seedlings to Stars have started profiling each of their Top 100 prospects heading into the 2012 season. They started at #100 and are working their way towards #1. About a week ago they came across the first National to appear on their list, at #81 – Robbie Ray.
The left-handed pitcher just turned 20 a few weeks ago, having completed his first full season of professional baseball after being drafted in 2010 (12th round). In 20 A-ball starts he pitched a total of 89.0 innings with a 2-3 record, 3.13 ERA, 9.6 K/9, and 3.8 BB/9. The scouting report looks like he has three solid pitches, room to grow physically, and good athleticism.
S2S ultimately concludes that Ray could end up developing into an Erik Bedard-like pitcher, but is still a work in progress with some durability concerns. Having been drafted out of high school there is still a great deal of development that Ray will likely need to get through if he is to reach his potential.
Ray is likely a long ways away from seeing the Majors – presumably he’ll begin the 2012 season in High-A, potentially working his way up to Double-A before the season gets out. But his potential makes him someone worth keeping an eye on when looking towards the years ahead.