A move to the bullpen was all that was necessary for Clayton Schrader to evolve from a fringe draft prospect to a possible major league closer. He transferred to San Jacinto from UT San Antonio prior to the 2010 season and really saw his stuff and overall game take a huge leap.
Schrader’s fastball sits in the 93-95 mph range and his jerky delivery helps it play up at times. It’s hard to find nastier breaking stuff than his slider and curveball, both of which are above-average, though he relies on the slider more. Take a look at all three pitches here.
Although it was a small sample size, Schrader looked too good for both the New York Penn League and South Atlantic League. His stuff is just over powering and when he’s locating everything he’s scary.
I have no doubts that Schrader would be able to handle Frederick, but Delmarva seems like the more likely starting point for him in 2011.