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Ryley Gilliam
Trending: ↑ 30%
P | B/T: R/R | 5' 10" 170LBS | Age: 24

Draft: 2018 | Rd: 5, #140, New York Mets | Clemson
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 0 13.50 10 0 0 9.1 12 3.00
Career Minors 5 1 4.82 46 0 8 56.0 87 1.50
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 10 2-0 13.50 9.1 12 3.00
Career Minors 46 5-1 4.82 56.0 87 1.50

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 Brooklyn Cyclones NYP A(Short) 0 1 2.08 17 0 5 17.1 11 4 4 1 13 31 1.38
2019 3 Teams Minors 5 0 6.05 29 0 3 38.2 42 26 26 4 18 56 1.55
2019 St. Lucie Mets FSL A(Adv) 0 0 2.53 7 0 2 10.2 8 3 3 0 2 16 0.94
2019 Binghamton Rumble Ponies EAS AA 3 0 4.34 12 0 1 18.2 15 9 9 1 7 28 1.18
2019 Syracuse Mets INT AAA 2 0 13.50 10 0 0 9.1 19 14 14 3 9 12 3.00

Scouting Report

2020

Gilliam showed a low-90s fastball as a teammate of Reds first-round pick Tyler Stephenson at Kennesaw Mountain High (Kennesaw, Ga.) in 2015, but his smaller build and commitment to Clemson left him undrafted. He served as a mid-week starter for part of his freshman year before finding his niche as the Tigers' closer the next two years. That late-inning potential earned Gilliam a fifth-round selection by the Mets in '18, and he rewarded the Mets for their pick by reaching Triple-A in his first full season.

Gilliam may be an undersized right-hander, but he has a super quick arm that produces a plus fastball at 94-96 mph. His curveball gives him a second plus pitch, registering in the upper 70s with a big shape and hard downer action. Capable of inducing whiffs with both pitches, Gilliam leads all Mets Minor Leaguers (50 IP min.) with a 35.1 percent strikeout rate since the start of 2018. While a high-tempo delivery gives Gilliam some funk and deception, it also hinders his ability to throw strikes consistently. As a result, the right-hander has issued 5.0 walks-per-nine in the pro ranks after averaging 4.7 BB/9 in three years at Clemson.

That Gilliam is a good athlete reduces some of the durability concerns that his size creates, and it should also allow him to make gains in terms of harnessing his stuff. With more consistency, Gilliam could carve out a role as a seventh- or eighth-inning reliever at the highest level.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Gilliam showed a low-90s fastball as a teammate of Reds first-round pick Tyler Stephenson at Kennesaw Mountain High (Kennesaw, Ga.) in 2015, but his diminutive build and commitment to Clemson left him undrafted. He served as a mid-week starter for part of his freshman year before finding his niche as the Tigers' closer the next two years. That late-inning potential earned Gilliam a fifth-round selection by the Mets in '18, and he excelled as Short-Season Class A Brooklyn's closer in his pro debut, saving five games and averaging better than 16 strikeouts per nine across 17 appearances. 

Gilliam may be undersized, listed at 5-foot-10, but he has a super quick arm that produces a plus fastball at 96-97 mph. His curveball gives him a second plus pitch, registering in the upper 70s with downer action. He can induce whiffs with both pitches, and did so at a 17-percent clip in his pro debut while striking out nearly 42 percent of the hitters he faced. Gilliam works with a high-tempo delivery that adds some funk and deception, but also makes it difficult for him to control his offerings at times. He averaged 4.7 walks per nine in college, followed by 6.8 in the New York-Penn League. 

That Gilliam is a good athlete reduces some of the durability concerns that his size creates, and it should also allow him to make gains in terms of harnessing his stuff. If he can learn to do that, Gilliam could rise quickly through the Minors en route to a late-inning role in the Majors.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/17/2020 RHP Ryley Gilliam assigned to Mets Alternate Training Site from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
07/08/2020 New York Mets invited non-roster RHP Ryley Gilliam to spring training.
01/09/2020 New York Mets invited non-roster RHP Ryley Gilliam to spring training.
11/20/2019 RHP Ryley Gilliam assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from Syracuse Mets.
09/12/2019 Syracuse Mets activated RHP Ryley Gilliam from the 7-day injured list.
08/28/2019 RHP Ryley Gilliam assigned to Scottsdale Scorpions.
07/12/2019 Syracuse Mets placed RHP Ryley Gilliam on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 8, 2019.
06/11/2019 RHP Ryley Gilliam assigned to Syracuse Mets from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
04/26/2019 RHP Ryley Gilliam assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.
04/02/2019 RHP Ryley Gilliam assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Brooklyn Cyclones.
03/17/2019 RHP Ryley Gilliam assigned to New York Mets.
06/20/2018 New York Mets signed RHP Ryley Gilliam.
06/20/2018 RHP Ryley Gilliam assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones.