Indians' Top Prospects: No. 26

Ryan Edell

For each of the past 15 years, Indians Ink Magazine has ranked the top prospects in the Cleveland farm system. It began as a top 10 list and turned into a top 50 early this decade. This is our third year ranking the top 100 Tribe minor-leaguers. It factors a player's potential, accomplishments, how he's moved in the system, and projects it to what he could bring to the major-league team.

No. 26 -- Ryan Edell

The Ryan Edell File

Born:
July 6, 1983 in Boston, MA
Position: Pitcher
B/T: L/L
HT/WT: 6-1/215
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

Team W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO
Akron 7 8 3.80 26 26 144.3 146 21 99
Minor Totals 21 19 3.59 77 60 348.3 352 75 282

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