- Full name Kyle J. Ginley
- Born 09/01/1986 in St. Petersburg, FL
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 210 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School St. Petersburg College
- Drafted in the 17th round (510th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006 (signed for $155,000).
Organization Prospect Rankings
After losing their 2006 second- and third-round picks for signing free agents A.J. Burnett and B.J. Ryan, the Blue Jays tried to compensate by handing out six-figure bonuses to four players drafted after the 15th round. Ginley, who had planned on transferring to NCAA Division II power Florida Southern, signed for $155,000. With a true swing-and-miss fastball that ranges from 91-94 mph, he pitched the entire season in low Class A at age 20, finishing seventh in the Midwest League with 129 strikeouts in 122 innings. Though he lacks a quick arm, Ginley's long arm action generates plenty of power and sink, with the ball jumping out of his hand. He learned to throw an 86-88 mph cutter in 2007 and it instantly became his No. 2 offering. His curveball is a get-me-over pitch at this stage and he needs to continue developing his changeup by throwing it more often. Despite cleaning up his delivery and showing better direction toward the plate, Ginley still saw his command waver throughout the season. He also struggled to pitch deep into games and to put batters away. Shut down at the end of August with shoulder tendinitis, Ginley could receive a bump to high Class A to begin 2008. He profiles as a No. 4 starter or setup man.
Another of Toronto's late-round investments in the 2006 draft, Ginley turned down a Florida Southern commitment for a $155,000 bonus. He possesses a true swing-and-miss fastball, and he lasted 17 rounds only because of questions about his signability. He throws downhill effectively, getting above-average sink on his 91-93 mph fastball. He has the potential to add velocity as he matures, as he's the youngest pitcher on this list. Though Ginley is around the plate, he'll need to sharpen his secondary offerings, a slider and changeup, both fringy pitches at this stage. The slider shows more promise. Ginley should be able to handle a jump to a full-season league to begin 2007. His ultimate role may be in the bullpen, but he'll remain a starter for now to hone his breaking ball.