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JR Ritchie

#5 | RHP
Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves
JR Ritchie
Name: Ian Ritchie
Born: Jun 26, 2003 in Seattle, WA United States
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 185 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (35th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2022 (signed for $2,397,500)
Ritchie has been one of the top arms in the Northwest for years, as a polished righthander with a solid three-pitch mix. He’s a smaller pitcher, but has added an inch of height and some more weight since last summer and is now listed at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. Ritchie has shown the stuff and performance throughout his career to fit as a top-two round talent in the draft. This spring, Ritchie was named the Washington Gatorade Player of the Year for the second straight season, after he posted a 0.30 ERA over 39.1 innings with 84 strikeouts and just four walks. Ritchie typically pitches in the low 90s, but this spring he has shown impressive top-end velocity and reached 97-98 mph at peak earlier in his starts. He’s shown an above-average slider in the past, but the pitch was more inconsistent this spring and looked like more of a solid-average offering in the low 80s. His changeup is thrown with similar velocity in the low 80s and he shows good feel to land the pitch, with solid arm speed. He has the control to profile as a starter and scouts have been impressed with his feel for all his pitches and general ability to move the ball around the zone. While there’s not much in the way of future physical projection with Ritchie, he has a polished trio of pitches and refined control to get the most out of them. Ritchie is committed to UCLA and is older for the class. If he makes it to campus, he’ll be a draft-eligible sophomore in 2024.
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