Plus stuff, big body, but some control concerns have led to a wide range of outcomes for Wake Forest starting pitcher Ryan Cusick.
Ryan Cusick Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 225
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: RHP
Highest Ranking: 20th (Fangraphs)
A big-bodied 6′ 6″ and 235 lbs, Ryan Cusick has plenty of velocity with his fastball.. The pitch will sit the mid-90’s and he’s been as high as 102 MPH with it in college. He will also show a very good curveball, though it’s a pitch he’s been inconsistent with for a while, too. He will also mix in a solid change up and fringe-average slider.
The biggest thing that’s held him back from busting through has been his control. Inconsistent with throwing strikes, he’s racked up plenty of walks in his college career (and a bunch of strikeouts, too). Despite striking out 206 batters in 158.0 innings at Wake Forest he has also been quite hittable. The right-handed starter has given up 173 hits in that span.
There’s a lot of upside with two potentially plus offerings and two other average offerings in the repertoire. Tall pitchers tend to take a bit longer to get their mechanics synched up and lead to better control – but that’s not always something that happens. With his control concerns there’s some reliever profile there, but he’s got the stuff to be a starter if he can limit the walks a little bit and find more consistency with his secondary stuff.
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For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.
The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.