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Blue Jays select RHP Andy Ravel in the 7th round of the 2016 MLB draft

With their 7th round pick of the 2016 draft, the Blue Jays selected Andy Ravel from Kent State with the 222nd overall pick of the draft. Ravel is a 6'1" right handed pitcher listed at 165 pounds, which stands out as pretty slender for a 21 year old college junior. He was the 416th ranked player by Baseball America, though not in Perfect Game's top 500 draft prospects.

Ravel was a starter for Kent State his last two years after working out of the bullpen as a freshman. As a junior in 2016, he made 15 starts and pitched 91 innings to a 3.36 ERA, with very good peripherals (20 walks, 77 strikeouts). Those numbers need a grain of salt, at least for comparative purposes, since Kent State plays in the MAC which is not one of the strongest conferences. He also pitched in three games on the Cape, totalling 10.2 innings with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts.

Looking over his 2016 game log, the best lineup he faced this year was easily North Carolina State in a tournament during the opening weekend of college play. He held NC State to 3 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings, striking out 4 with no free passes, which was a pretty impressive showing. He didn't face any other really good teams, but his stats didn't dip against the better (still mediocre at best) teams.

Stuff wise:

Conor Glassey, then of Baseball America, wrote about him almost four years ago after seeing him in a showcase event as a rising high school senior. It's some nice background if nothing else, though my takeaway is that it doesn't sound like he's filled out much in the time since or that the stuff has advanced much, so maybe there's a little more in the tank once he gets into pro ball. For comparative purposes, here's's video of him out of high school.