Right-handed pitcher Ryan Pepiot had a memorable 2019 season, as the prospect transitioned from college to pro ball this year.
Pepiot’s big year began at Butler University where the righty stuck out 126 batters in 78 innings of work.
His great collegiate season caught the eyes of Dodgers scouts who made Pepiot a priority during the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, as the organization selected him in the third round, 102nd overall.
His ability to strikeout batters transitioned nicely to the pro game, as Pepiot racked up 31 strikeouts in 23.1 pro innings split between the AZL Dodgers and the low-A Great Lakes Loons.
Pepiot records strikeouts regularly thanks to the feel that he has of his four-pitch mix.
“I throw four pitches. I throw a fastball, a slider, a curveball, and a changeup,” explained Pepiot. “When I’m on the mound, I try to get ahead of hitters early with my fastball. When I’m able to do that, I can mix in my off-speed pitches to keep hitters off-balance.”
While any of his pitches can be effective at any time, Pepiot takes pride in his changeup, which pro scouts have rated a 60-grade pitch.
“My changeup has improved over the years,” said Pepiot. “It’s a pitch that I’m comfortable throwing in any count.”
With the minor-league season in the books, Pepiot is focused on next season. One way he’ll prepare for 2020 is by taking part in the Dodgers Instructional League.
“I’ll be taking part in the strength and conditioning program at instructs this fall,” stated Pepiot.
And the strength program should have Pepiot prepared for the challenges his first full season of pro ball present.
With a limited workload in 2019 due to the number of innings he already pitched in college, it’ll be great to see what the prospect can do with an increased pitch count, so be on the lookout for Ryan Pepiot in 2020.