D1 baseball has just started releasing their top 200 prospects from this year’s Cape Cod league. Frankie Piliere is one of my favorite authors in sports and is one of the most respected in baseball, so I could not wait to read this. Today they released players 1-25 on the list, and Ryan Rolison was listed as number 1 on their list. In honor of that, I thought I would do my own report on Rolison.
Ryan Rolison is a draft eligible sophomore lefty for Ole Miss. He was drafted in the 37th round by the Padres in 2016 out of Jackson, Tennessee. In 61.2 innings this past season with Ole Miss, he put together a 3.06 ERA with 64 strikeouts and 24 walks. Obviously these are very good stats for a freshman to put up, and it is especially impressive to see him in the starting rotation this year. With the Orleans Firebirds this year in the Cape, he put up a 1.54 ERA with well over a strikeout per inning(11.25 K/9) and his walk rate stayed roughly the same(3.21 BB/9).
Beyond the stats, Rolison has two pitches that are above average. His fastball sits in the 90-93 range and can hit 95. The curveball is in the low 80s and the movement on it isn’t conventional. It has slider movement to it and has hard, late break. Rolison’s best pitch in my opinion is his curveball and I believe that it can be a plus pitch in the future. Ryan also has a changeup that is in the mid 80s that is still a work in progress, but it has improved. I predict that it can at least be an average pitch in the majors. Rolison also has good command over his pitches and I do not think he will be forced into the bullpen because of control issues. From what Frankie Piliere wrote on D1, Rolison has a high baseball IQ, which is another reason why I think he can be a front of the rotation pitcher.
In conclusion, I can not say that I disagree that Rolison is number one on that list. His plus fastball and curveball and his elite IQ is why I think he can be a future ace. Ryan Rolison should be in consideration this year for a top 10 selection in the 2018 draft, and I will be interested to see how he does at Ole Miss this year.
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