Position: LH RP
Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 190
Acquired: Drafted 3rd Round in 2014 from Oregon State
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #16 – 2014 Midseason
- #13 – 2015 Preseason
- Draft day story
- In-person report with video from June 2017
- Interview, June 2017
- All FutureSox articles tagged Jace Fry
Though fellow pitchers Carlos Rodon and Spencer Adams garnered more attention from the 2014 draft (with good reason), there was also a lot to like with this third rounder signed for slightly over slot value ($760K vs $726K slot). Baseball America and MLB Pipeline had him ranked just inside their top 100 draft prospects. In his pro debut, the southpaw saw only brief action with Great Falls. The lefty skipped Kannapolis and went to A+ Winston-Salem to begin 2015, and was doing pretty well through 9 starts (3.14 ERA, 16 BB, 39 K in 51.2 IP) before disaster struck in his tenth start. He was removed from the game on May 31st, and underwent his second TJ surgery in June (his first TJ was in 2012 in college). Missing the rest of that season and all of 2016 (other than rehab in Fall Instructs), Fry returned in 2017 at AA Birmingham as a re-tooled reliever. After looking good there (7.1 H/9, 10.3 K/9) though with some control issues (4.8 BB/9) he got a surprising call-up to the big leagues for 11 games where he had huge issues with command in 11 games.
Fry’s package of pitches has changed substantially since returning, so throw out any reports you may have had previously. The current version of LHP Jace Fry shows a slightly higher velocity fastball, sitting 93-95 with some fade. The slider is gone in favor of a cutter in the upper 80’s that moves like a cut-slider. His upper 70’s curve is his best offspeed offering and showed some above average looks. There’s also a low 80’s change-up that is only rarely used in his new repertoire. Overall, this looks like a potential major league reliever, though his command is still a work in progress- not unexpected with the time off. Fry should open 2018 in AAA Charlotte, but has a good chance to see some MLB action in 2018.
Major League Outlook: Middle reliever
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