Ryan Hare Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: July 5, 2018
Team/Organization: Academy Barons (California Collegiate League)
League/Level: College summer baseball
Scouting Notes: Decent freshman season (2016) at UNLV after stellar prep career; lost all of sophomore 2017 season and some of 2018 to Tommy John surgery and rehab; only just now bouncing back with stuff and velo, needs innings to build out a foundation for what should be two fairly solid years coming … Strong, somewhat thick frame with enough durability in it to work as a rotation arm. Three-quarters release with consistent, relatively low-effort mechanics; works quickly between pitches but very, very deliberate on the mound; methodical through motion up to balance, good timing down through to release, extension … Fastball sat 83-89 in early July look here, paired with 74-77 changeup, 72-76 slider, and 68-72 knuckle curveball … Fastball shows arm-side life at times, some depth when commanded down in the zone; good late explosion to the plate, helped in part by Hare’s slow, deliberate windup until release; pitch jumps on guys. Still building back arm strength and showing relatively wide velo band; pitch will look good with another few miles an hour on it in a year or two … Great changeup feel to both sides of the plate; gave hitters fits here with good, very well pronounced late tumble at the plate, feel to dot corners and get called strikes. Nice change of pace with velo differential, arm speed sells it well; effective against both RHH and LHH, forces hitters to stay true with advanced feel, encouraging look … Curveball is of the knuckle-curve variety, and sometimes you can really see that coming out of his hand. Big, slow curve with real 12-to-6 drop at the plate; huge velo drop will get hitters out on front foot, but may actually be slow enough for them to make adjustments; good early-count pitch to change eye level, get some takes and early strikes; may not work as well late as a wipeout offering … Slider is slightly harder, significantly shorter than curve, though it still shows good depth on two planes in 11-to-5 look; better wipeout pitch here, distinct enough in its own right to follow the curveball if need be; not huge break but plays up when down and can miss barrels off the corners when he’s working ahead … All together, Ryan Hare has a surprisingly advanced repertoire with encouraging feel right now; everything needs to tick up a level or two before he really starts to draw feasible MLB Drat interest, but coming off Tommy John surgery, I think that’s possible for him over the next two years. It’s fun to imagine what his stuff might look like with 5+ more miles per hour across his repertoire, and I don’t think it’s out of the question that he might be able to get there before the end of his college career at UNLV. Probably not an MLB Draft candidate in 2019, but file Ryan Hare away in your mind; he might just get an MLB Draft look in 2020 as he inevitably develops and builds arm strength over the next two years.
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