With baseball closed off to the public, it’s not nearly as easy to get information on what’s been going on in 2020. Whether that’s at the alternate site or now out in Goodyear during Cincinnati Reds Instructional League. But there’s some information coming out (hey, we had two different reports this past week that covered several players in each. Today we’re getting a look, thanks to Reds Minor League Pitching Coordinator Kyle Boddy, of Carson Spiers who is working in his first professional season.
— Kyle Boddy (@drivelinebases) October 24, 2020
It’s likely that Carson Spiers would have been drafted in a normal year. But 2020 was not a normal year. The senior only threw 15.1 innings in 2020 before the college baseball season was shut down. He finished his career at Clemson with 109.1 innings pitched, a 2.47 ERA, 38 walks, and 103 strikeouts. In a year with a draft that had just five rounds, it didn’t lead to many seniors being selected.
Carson Spiers was one of the earlier signs after the draft. His numbers were good while he was at Clemson. His scouting report coming out of school was that he was a 2-pitch guy, working with a fastball in the 89-92 MPH range (touching 94 MPH). The other pitch he brought to the table was a quality change up. While it’s certainly possible that he showed a breaking ball at times, it wasn’t something that any available report online even mentioned.
But if you take a look at the video shared by Kyle Boddy from last week against the Indians, Carson Spiers is absolutely throwing a breaking ball. And it’s a good looking offering, too. If that were a pitch he was throwing at Clemson you’d have to imagine it would have been referenced somewhere – that’s not a pitch you show five times a month, it’s one you show five times a game (as a reliever).