Jared’s Jet Setters: Cleveland’s’ Pitching Prospect Peyton Battenfield
Written by: Jared Perkins
Cleveland is a pitching prospect paradise. They have such a unique ability to develop starting pitchers. At the trade deadline, the Guardians acquired Peyton Battenfield from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Jordan Luplow and right handed pitcher DJ Johnson. As soon as I saw Battenfield go to the Guardians, he immediately skyrocketed for me in terms of his value.
Watching some recent video of him, I love what I saw in his delivery. He repeats it well and it’s consistent and smooth with all of his pitches. He also comes right at hitters and pounds the strike zone. Indians prospective (@indiansPro) had him up to 96 mph on his fastball, even touching 97 in his first AA start for the Guardians on August 7th. In that game, he went six innings pitched giving up 3 hits, one earned run and six strikeouts.
Prior to coming to Cleveland, Battenfield was already on the rise in another great organization for pitching prospects. In A Advanced with the Tampa Bay Rays, he had an absurd 42.2% strikeout rate with an extremely low 4.3% walk rate. He was promoted to AA with the Rays after 6 games started and continued to dominante to the tune of a 2.72 ERA, 0.85 WHIP with 11.39 K/9 and 1.73 BB/9.
The 2019 9th round pick out of Oklahoma State has great vertical movement on his fastball and he also developed a new cutter last year. The cutter has seemed to pass up all of his other secondary pitches to become his best one. He pairs that with two more average secondary pitches in his curveball and changeup. This four pitch arsenal to go along with his ability to pepper the strike zone and locate his pitches makes him an absolute force on the mound.
It is hard to imagine him not being able to sustain a full 162 game season with his makeup either. He comes in at 6’4, 224 pounds which makes you believe that he will have the durability to keep up with a long season. There were questions that he would be a relief pitcher only coming out of the draft but is he very much silencing those predictions. Now in the pitcher’s paradise known as Cleveland, Battenfield’s value seems like it will only keep trending upward. I would be trying to acquire him as soon as possible before his name really explodes off the charts. He is definitely an arm you want to target and you won’t regret it.