Guys on the Rise – Seth Corry
During the second off-season, I’ve been taking a look at some interesting pitches. I recently posted about high fastballs. I’m going to take a break from that series to bring you an interesting pitcher that might be a good one to take a gamble on in your dynasty league, Seth Corry.
The Giants took a gamble on the lefty from a Utah high school, giving him way over slot to sign him away from his commitment to Brigham Young University. At the time, he had an above-average fastball that sat in the low-nineties with an upper-seventies curveball that worked effectively. However, he was more of a thrower as opposed to a pitcher and also struggled with command. The struggles continued with his first assignment to the AZL. In 24.1 innings pitched, he walked 22 batters and only struck out 21 to go along with a 5.55 ERA. He was assigned back to the AZL at the beginning of the 2018 season, where he walk rate dropped from 20% to 10.1%. The Giants rewarded him at the end of the season with a call up to the Northwest League, where his lack of command reared its ugly head again but things were about to change.
Corry was assigned to Low-A at the start of last season and was performing well from an ERA standpoint and strikeout standpoint but the walks were still hanging around. In an interview with David Laurila of FanGraphs, Corry and his coach Clay Rapada explain how Rapada changed his career.
“He was able to grow from kind of just relying on his stuff. He started to learn how to tunnel pitches, how to work off his pitches, how to recognize swings. That, as opposed to just throwing his guts on the table with every single pitch, and hoping that his stuff wins.”
Take a look at Corry’s monthly splits this season.
At 20 years old, which is young for the league, Corry greatly decreased his walks and pretty much dominated the South Atlantic League. In his last 73.1 innings this year, Corry walked only 21 batters, struck out 99, and only had a WHIP of 0.80. He was fourth in the entire minor leagues in strikeouts. You can really see the improvement in walks from a 10 game rolling average standpoint.
I recently caught Corry’s August 10th start against the Rome Braves and was very impressed with how dominated the Braves lineup. Take a look at the first at-bat.
Corry gets Justin Dean out in four pitches and ends the battle with a nasty fastball away for the called strike. Corry currently has a three-pitch mix. His fastball sits in the mid-nineties but has touched the 96 at times. He is known to use the fastball high in the zone and then attack with a curveball with a bunch of downward movement. He uses his above-average changeup inside to batters and that pitch grades out to be above-average. While Corry still has some development to do, it is great to see him recognize he needs to be a pitcher as opposed to a thrower, make that adjustment, and have great success. Once the minor league season begins, either this year or the following year, Seth Corry will be a name on the rise and a player you need to keep your eyes on.