Name: Ryan Pope
Date of Birth: May 21, 1986
Drafted out of: College – Savannah College of Art and Design
Height/Weight: 6’3″ / 190 pounds
2007 Ryan Pope: 1.15 ERA 9-5 W-L 15 APP 14 GS 14 CG 5 SHO 102.0 IP 57 H 23 R 13 ER 16 BB 122 SO 12 2B 0 3B 0 HR 352 AB .162 AVG 3 WP 12 HBP 0 BK
This was not in Division I competition, this was in NAIA competition. He lead his team in virtually every category last season.
Scouting Report: Pope is an athletic pitcher with a pitcher’s body. He has consistent mechanics, though they are a little bit different from what you would expect. Not bad, but slightly different. He is typically timed in the low-90 mph range, though he has hit 94-95 for scouts, so he can bring it when he needs it. When he throws it in the low-90s, it typically does have some movement, though the mid-90s pitches are more straight. He has a curve, slider, and change, of which his change is the best. He has mediocre control on his breaking pitches and a tendency to hang balls up in the zone, but those are easily fixable problems and no trouble came of it in his college career. He also has a smooth move to first, which can’t hurt.
Signability: Pope is a junior, and he seems likely to sign. He seems interested and has said that he wants to start playing soon.
Other Info: Pope is the first player ever to be drafted from his school, and the second NAIA player to be drafted in ’07. He came into the draft with little known about him and pretty much leaped up the charts. He is considered something of an enigma by many scouts. He was the first ever All-American from SCAD, and he pitched a no-hitter last season. He virtually owns the SCAD record books.
My Take: This is an interesting pick, I don’t really quite know what to make of it. He obviously impressed the Yankees, so maybe they know something that we don’t. He’s certainly a good player, but the NAIA stuff meant that not too many scouts saw him. He has good potential and I like the pick, but I’m intrigued more than anything.
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