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Riley Ferrell

Riley Ferrell

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 200 | Age: 25
Draft: 2015 (Rd: 3, #79, Houston Astros) - TCU
College Station, TX USA
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Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
K%
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Outs Above Avg
Sprint Speed
xwOBA
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Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 2 1 6.75 22 0 2 28.0 34 1.79
Career Minors 6 6 3.54 101 0 20 132.1 158 1.37
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 22 2-1 6.75 28.0 34 1.79
Career Minors 101 6-6 3.54 132.1 158 1.37

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2015 Quad Cities River Bandits MID A(Full) 0 0 1.08 12 0 1 16.2 10 3 2 0 13 17 1.38
2016 Lancaster JetHawks CAL A(Adv) 0 1 1.80 8 0 4 10.0 9 3 2 1 2 14 1.10
2017 2 Teams Minors 2 2 3.67 38 0 6 54.0 51 24 22 2 14 60 1.20
2017 Buies Creek Astros CAR A(Adv) 0 0 0.00 2 0 2 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.00
2017 Corpus Christi Hooks TEX AA 2 2 3.81 36 0 4 52.0 51 24 22 2 14 55 1.25
2018 2 Teams Minors 4 3 4.53 43 0 9 51.2 48 29 26 5 34 67 1.59
2018 Corpus Christi Hooks TEX AA 2 2 1.90 21 0 7 23.2 14 8 5 1 18 33 1.35
2018 Fresno Grizzlies PCL AAA 2 1 6.75 22 0 2 28.0 34 21 21 4 16 34 1.79

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Slider: 60 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Ferrell was on the fast track to reach the Majors after signing with the Astros for an above-slot $1 million in the third round in 2015, but his timetable got altered when he needed surgery to remove an aneurysm from his throwing shoulder the following May. He spent the second half of 2018 in Triple-A, but his inability to throw strikes led Houston to gamble by not protecting him on its 40-man roster. The Marlins claimed him in the big league phase of the Rule 5 Draft in December.

Ferrell has a two-pitch power mix that should play in the late innings and makes him a candidate to someday be a closer. His fastball ranges from 93-98 mph with some late hop and his mid-80s slider flashes two-plane break. Both can be well-above-average offerings at their best.

Because Ferrell pitches at a high tempo and has a tendency to overthrow, command and control have been issues for him dating back to his college days at Texas Christian. He did a better job of finding the strike zone when he returned from surgery, but his walk rate jumped from 2.3 per nine innings in 2017 to 5.9 last season. Rule 5 guidelines maintain that he stay on Miami's big league roster throughout 2019, or else he has to be exposed to waivers and then offered back to the Astros for half his $100,000 draft price.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
04/20/2019 Miami Marlins transferred RHP Riley Ferrell from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Right biceps tendinitis
03/27/2019 Miami Marlins placed RHP Riley Ferrell on the 10-day injured list retroactive to March 25, 2019. Right biceps tendinitis
12/13/2018 Miami Marlins claimed RHP Riley Ferrell off waivers from Round Rock Express.
06/27/2018 Riley Ferrell assigned to Fresno Grizzlies from Corpus Christi Hooks.
05/06/2018 Corpus Christi Hooks activated RHP Riley Ferrell from the 7-day disabled list.
04/24/2018 Corpus Christi Hooks placed RHP Riley Ferrell on the 7-day disabled list.
01/25/2018 Houston Astros invited non-roster RHP Riley Ferrell to spring training.
06/29/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks activated RHP Riley Ferrell from the temporarily inactive list.
06/25/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks placed RHP Riley Ferrell on the temporarily inactive list.
04/13/2017 RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
03/17/2017 RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to Houston Astros.
09/30/2016 Riley Ferrell roster status changed by Lancaster JetHawks.
05/12/2016 Lancaster JetHawks placed RHP Riley Ferrell on the 7-day disabled list.
05/04/2016 Lancaster JetHawks placed RHP Riley Ferrell on the temporarily inactive list.
04/05/2016 RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to Lancaster JetHawks from GCL Astros.
09/09/2015 RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to GCL Astros from Quad Cities River Bandits.
08/18/2015 Quad Cities River Bandits placed RHP Riley Ferrell on the 7-day disabled list.
08/13/2015 Quad Cities River Bandits activated RHP Riley Ferrell from the 7-day disabled list.
08/04/2015 Quad Cities River Bandits placed RHP Riley Ferrell on the 7-day disabled list.
06/28/2015 RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits.
06/26/2015 Houston Astros signed RHP Riley Ferrell.