Thursday, December 30, 2004

Royce Ring Report

Royce Ring, LHP, New York Mets
Drafted 18th Overall, 2002 Draft, San Diego State
Bats L/Throws L
24 YO, 6'5", 220 lbs

Ring is a quality relief pitching prospect. I'm surprised he wasn't picked up in the Rule 5 draft. He's battled weight problems and his velocity is down, but he's still putting up reasonable numbers in the high minors. Out of a former first round draft pick, that's usually enough to get a flier. This season, he posted a 3.77 ERA with 23 K's and 11 walks in 28 2/3 innings for Binghamton and a 3.63 ERA, 22 K's, and 12 walks in 34 2/3 innings for Norfolk. He doesn't look like the closer prospect he was envisioned to be when he was at San Diego State, but he looks like a decent option as a second lefty in the pen.

ETA: Mid/Late 2005
2 1/2 Stars



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