• Full name Ryan Cusick
  • Born 11/12/1999 in Sudbury, MA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 235 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Wake Forest
  • Drafted in the 1st round (24th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2021 (signed for $2,700,000).
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    Cusick’s father played college football in Maine, and Cusick himself wouldn’t look out of place on the gridiron with a massive 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame. He has the power stuff to back it up and has been a hard thrower since his high school days, when he sat in the 92-94 mph range and touched 97. After three years at Wake Forest, Cusick now has one of the best fastballs in the country, a pitch that sits around 95 mph and has been up into the 100-102 mph range with solid life. Cusick will also flash a plus breaking ball that averages around 80 mph and has slurvey shape that looks more like a slider at times and more like a downer curve at others, but scouts have noted that the pitch is inconsistent—a critique that dates back to his prep days. The pitch itself shows quality spin, movement and bite at times, but Cusick’s usability of the pitch needs to improve. Cusick also throws a firm, upper-80s changeup that has slight fading action at times, but his usage of the pitch is extremely minimal. Cusick posted a 4.24 ERA this spring through 12 starts and 70 innings, with 108 strikeouts (13.9 K/9) to 32 walks (4.1 BB/9). He’s a control-over-command pitcher who can put the fastball over the plate enough, but some evaluators think he hasn’t made enough adjustments in his strike throwing to safely profile as a starter, and instead think he’ll be a power arm out of the bullpen.

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  • RHP Ryan Cusick assigned to Las Vegas Aviators from Midland RockHounds.
  • RHP Ryan Cusick assigned to Midland RockHounds.
  • RHP Ryan Cusick assigned to Oakland Athletics.
  • RHP Ryan Cusick and assigned to Oakland Athletics.

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