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Top Prospect Alert - Ryan Snare

By Robert Sherry

Ryan Snare: This pitcher was probably over looked by some due to the other players that the Reds took with their high draft choices last June (they used two #1 picks on David Espinosa and Dustin Moseley, and then second round picks on Dane Sardinha and on Snare at #63). So far this season, Snare has looked like a great pick and also looks to be a player who will move fast up the minor league ladder.

A 22-year-old left-handed pitcher, Snare was originally drafted in the ninth round by the Braves in 1997 out of East Lake High School. He decided against signing and instead attended the University of North Carolina where he was a teammate of Padres pitching prospect Mike Bynum. Snare went on to star for the Tar Heels and posted his best season in his last season there, going 9-1, 3.34 ERA, and in 81 strikeouts in 86 innings of work. That performance raised his stock up to the higher rounds of the draft.
 
For a left-handed pitcher, his ability grades out above average. Snare using a nasty curve as his top pitch, followed by a fastball that consistantly hits in the low-90s. At 5-feet and 190 pounds, Snare is not an intimidating presence, but he is a hard worker who gets the most out of what he has. Snare has a similiar attitude on the mound that Brett Myers of the Philles has.

Snare didn't pitch professionally last season, so he is making his debut this season at Single-A Dayton (where he is a teammate of Dustin Moseley). He's gotten off to a fast start with the Dragons, going 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA, 29.2 innings pitched, 24 hits allowed, 7 walks, and 42 strikeouts thru six starts. To date, he has been one of the best pitchers in the Midwest League. Watch for Snare to advance quickly as the Reds (like most teams) could use a quality lefty, he doesn't have the ceiling of Moseley, but he will reach the majors first and should be effective as a solid mid-rotation type of pitcher.


 

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