RICHMOND, Va. – Rising VCU junior pitcher Ryan Farrar was recently named the second best prospect of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League by Baseball America. The magazine and website released its ranking of the top propsects from 20 college summer baseball leagues around the country.
Farrar was a stalwart performer for his team, Youse's Orioles, throughout the 2011 summer. The left-handed pitcher posted a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings of action, while striking out 36 and out walking five batters. The Mechanicsville, Va., native appeared in a team-high 14 games while limiting opposing batters to a .176 batting average.
This accolade comes just a week after Farrar was named the third best prospect of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League by Perfect Game.
What Baseball America had to say about Farrar
Given the perennial pro interest in lefthanded pitching, Farrar is a player to watch next spring. Used only in relief this summer, Farrar posted a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings with a 36-5 strikeout-walk mark, a 0.83 WHIP and a .176 batting average against. He moves his 89-93 mph fastball around the zone and mixes an average 78-80 curve from a mid-three-quarters slot. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Farrar has a projectable body and a loose, easy motion. He also has shown an above-average pickoff move.