- Full name Kevin Michael Cravey
- Born 08/15/1987 in Nederland, TX
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 180 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Texas A&M
Organization Prospect Rankings
Cravey sat out his first season at Texas A&M in 2007 with elbow tendinitis, which finally was resolved by surgery to remove bone spurs. He threw just 12 innings the next spring and lost his scholarship. Instead of transferring, he stayed at A&M to pursue his degree. Cravey spent three months working with pitching guru Ron Wolforth last spring, then drew interest at a Major League Scouting Bureau tryout camp in June by striking out all six hitters he faced. The Marlins signed him as a nondrafted free agent for $1,000, and his stuff makes that investment look like a bargain. Cravey throws a 92-93 mph fastball, touching 95 on occasion. He has experimented with a four-seam fastball, but after walking four batters in his first six pro innings, he switched back to his two-seamer and didn't issue another free pass during the rest of his debut. Cravey's out pitch is a plus curveball with which he can vary the break from 1-to-7 or 2-to-8. He can throw his curve for strikes against lefthanders or bend it out of the zone as a chase pitch against righties. His changeup lags well behind his two main pitches. Though Cravey throws with a somewhat stiff delivery, the ball comes out of his hand easily. He'll likely work as a starter this year to get innings and make up for lost time, but he could move quickly as a reliever.