In 2012, the New York Mets drafted Teddy Stankiewicz in the second round but ultimately were unable to sign him. Then in 2013, the Boston Red Sox drafted him again in the second round after a year at a junior college, and they got him signed. The original contract was for $1.1 million, but after a small concern in the physical the team wound up saving almost $200k.
Stankiewicz has a unique delivery, but he repeats it well and projects as a middle of the rotation type guy. His fastball can touch 94 MPH, but he still has room to add to his 6-foot-4 215-pound frame which could add a MPH or two. He has a solid change, a quality slider, and currently throws a curve as well. His curve likely will never grow into a big league average pitch, and his future is with a three pitch mix rather than the four he currently uses.
The biggest strength in Stankewicz’ arsenal is his command. He has only pitched 19.2 innings professional innings but managed to strike out 15 while walking just two. Having a solid 10 MPH between fastball and change velocity it’s his ability to locate both that gives him a solid big league average floor.
Being just 20 years old and having less than 20 pro innings leaves him some time before he is anywhere near the big league radar. He likely won’t see the big leagues for three full seasons and is part of a widely talented crop of players that will likely be featured at Low A Greenville or short season ball this year to provide plenty of hope for the long term success of the Red Sox.