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Potential Red Sox 2013 draft pick: Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek

09.09.12 at 7:54 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Red Sox when it comes to the 2013 MLB draft. For the first time since 1993, the Red Sox have a top-10 selection and will be drafting seventh. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Red Sox to make a selection.

RYNE STANEK

Position: RHP

School: Arkansas

Born: July 26, 1991

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 180 pounds

Bats/Throws: R/R

2013 Class: Junior

Previously drafted: 2010, third round, Mariners

Achievements: 2012 USA Baseball collegiate national team, 2012 All-SEC, 2012 Golden Spikes Award watch list, 2012 National Pitcher of the Year watch list, 2012 Baseball America Preseason All-American third team, 2012 College Baseball Insider All-America third team, 2011 USA Baseball collegiate national team

What he brings: This big righty isn’t lacking velocity. He has a mid-90s fastball that can touch 97 mph on the radar gun. Stanek has a quickly developing mid-80s slider that, when it is on, is devastating to opposing hitters. His changeup floats in the mid 80s. It is a solid pitch that he is improving.

Previously, mechanics have been a cause for concern. His issues appear to have been worked out. Both big in stature and with good to great stuff on the mound, Stanek figures to be one of, if not the very first pitcher selected in the 2013 draft.

Notes: Stanek’€™s improvement is obvious from his freshman year to his sophomore season with the Razorbacks. In 2011 as a freshman, he appeared in 15 games, starting 12 of them. He posted a 4-2 record with one save and a 3.94 ERA. More impressive, opposing hitters batted just .213 off him, which ranked him fourth in the SEC in opponent’€™s batting average.

In his 2012 season, the sophomore Stanek exhibited more dominance on the mound. In 17 games he recorded an 8-4 record with a 2.82 ERA. He struck out 83 batters in 92 2/3 innings of work. Once again batters struggled to get hits off of Stanek, as he posted a .229 batting average against.

Links:

ESPN: Scouting Ryne Stanek and other USA Baseball draft prospects

Fangraphs: Ryne Stanek, a slider by which to make sweet love

MLB.com: Stanek shows maturity in second Prospect Classic

Arkansas athletic website’s profile page

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