The Ryan Edell File
Born: July 6, 1983 in Boston, MA
Acquired: Eighth-round draft pick in 2005 from College of Charleston.
Strengths: Has outstanding command of fastball. Shows ability to get ahead of hitters, which is one reason why he walked only 21 in 144 1/3 innings. Attacks hitters and makes them put the ball in play early in the count. Spent entire season in starting role with Akron and despite more innings showed no ill-affects from elbow problems that cost him most of 2006 season.
Weaknesses: Needs to continue working on his secondary pitches, especially his slider, which can be a plus pitch. Consistency in delivery will be a key to his success.
2009 Projection: Will likely start season in starting rotation at Triple-A unless several pitchers are sent down from Cleveland, resulting in Edell and others going back to Akron.
2008 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER