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2008 Bullpen: Royce Ring

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The Braves acquired Ring from the Padres last year for Wilfredo Ledezma and Will Startup. The 26-year old Ring had dominated for Portland, the Padres' triple-A affiliate. In 31.2 innings, the southpaw reliever posted a 1.99 ERA, allowing 22 hits, 11 walks, and striking out just over 12.50 batters per nine innings. After being dealt to Atlanta, he struggled at Richmond. Every one of his peripherals worsened significantly, probably just due to the change of league and scenery. Ring loggedĀ  20 inningsĀ  in the majors in 2007, five of which were out of the Atlanta pen. Overall he had a 2.70 ERA and allowed only 13 hits with 21 strikeouts, however his command was pretty horrible as he allowed 17 free passes. Ring is very much a prototypical left-handed specialist. He's got a decent fastball that sits in 89-91 mph range along with a good sweeping slurve in the mid-70's. Ring's arm angle is just north of side-arm, which creates some sinking action to his fastball and makes his pitches very hard to pick up to left-handed batters. His command, like most lefty specialists, isn't anything to write home about but it's not as bad as he showed in the majors. Ring will probably enjoy a good amount of success against left-handers, however if Bobby uses him too much against right-handers, his numbers will probably suffer. He is very similar to Ron Mahay in terms of his stuff and command, but his delivery could make him even tougher against lefties. He's basically guaranteed a spot with Mike Gonzalez on the shelf until the All-Star break so we'll be able to see what he's capable of.
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