Trey Ball
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Boston Red Sox AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Trey Ball in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed with the Red Sox in June of 2013.
Could transition to field
PBoston Red Sox  AA
September 7, 2018
Ball could be converted into an outfielder moving forward, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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A first-round pick (seventh overall) in 2013, Ball has a 5.02 ERA over six minor-league seasons, the first five of which were as a starter. He was converted to relief for 2018 and fared even worse, checking in with a 7.58 ERA. A two-way player in high school, Ball appeared in two games as the designated hitter for Double-A Portland this season, going 1-for-9 with a double, an RBI and six strikeouts. Vice president of player development Ben Crockett said the Red Sox are in the exploratory phase and has not mapped out a plan for Ball in 2019, although it's clear he no longer looks like a prospect on the mound. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was the first to report this.
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Ball had a maddeningly inconsistent season in 2015 after showing great improvement over the second half of 2014. We thought the 2013 seventh-overall pick had turned the corner, but he alternated bouts of effective pitching with ones of poor command. Walks and homers were the major culprits conspiring against Ball, who allowed over 4.2 walks while giving up 1.1 homers per nine innings. Amidst all that, there was positives to his season, as Ball reduced his line drive rate from 22 percent to 12.8 percent. The left-hander is still very much a project three years after being drafted, command being the biggest issue. He's expected to repeat at High-A Salem.
Ball, the Red Sox's first-round pick in 2013, opened last season in extended spring training before earning a promotion to full-season affiliate Low-A Greenville. He was hit hard immediately and repeatedly, giving the organization an opportunity to see how the pitcher would respond to adversity, and they were pleased. After Ball limped out of June with a 7.27 ERA and .370 BAA, his secondary stuff started dropping in for strikes and he pitched much better in July and August. He allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his final 11 starts. He proved himself mentally, kept working on the secondary offerings, and improvement ensued. The organization will get a look at where he's at in spring training before deciding on his starting assignment in 2015, but a promotion to High-A Salem is not out of the question.
Ball was Boston's first-round draft pick in 2013 out of New Castle High School in Indiana, and was immediately placed with the organization's rookie team in the Gulf Coast League. He started five games, but is being brought along slowly and pitched just seven innings. At 6-foot-6 and 190 pounds, his thin frame has lots of space to fill out. As Ball matures physically, the velocity of his low-90s fastball will increase. His changeup has plus potential, while his curveball, which he didn't start throwing until his junior year, showed improvement as a senior. His mechanics, something to watch with tall pitchers, are considered smooth, and there are not a lot of miles on the arm. Most likely, he'll remain at the rookie level until he's placed at short-season Lowell, though a full-season assignment to Low-A Greenville is a strong possibility.
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Moving to relief role
PBoston Red Sox  AA
April 3, 2018
Ball will begin the 2018 season in Double-A Portland's bullpen, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Having dominant stretch
PBoston Red Sox  AA
July 1, 2016
Ball has allowed only two earned runs over his last three starts, spanning 19.1 innings, for High-A Salem. Overall, the left-hander has a 2.29 ERA with a .220 opponent batting average in 11 starts.
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PBoston Red Sox  AA
May 20, 2016
Ball is 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA through four starts for High-A Salem. He's pitched six or more innings in three straight starts, including his most recent when he struck out six in seven scoreless innings.
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PBoston Red Sox  AA
May 7, 2016
Ball pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits for High-A Salem on Friday.
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PBoston Red Sox  AA
April 28, 2016
Ball (knee) was activated from the season-opening disabled list Thursday and will report to High-A Salem, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.
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