Ryan Cusick
Ryan Cusick




Wake Forest
Avon Old Farms (HS) • CT
6-6 • 225LBS • R/R
Travel Team: North East Baseball Rays


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A high-profile recruit for the Demon Deacons in the fall of 2018, Cusick got his feet wet by going 7-3, 6.44 in 65.2 innings as a freshman in 2019, showing big arm strength but spotty control early in the year, then learning to pitch with less velocity later in the year. His walk rate remained high as a sophomore, but his pitchability did progress, and he finished with a 3.22 ERA in four weekend starts. Cusick certainly looked like a first-rounder in our two looks at him this summer in the Coastal Plain League. Suspect control and command has held Cusick back in the past, but he has always tantalized scouts with his physical 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame and his clean arm action from a high slot. In his CPL debut this summer, he showed the best fastball command we’ve ever seen from him, locating well to both corners and elevating effectively for swing-throughs with a high-spin-rate fastball (ranging from about 2200 rpm to 2588 rpm, and regularly topping 2400 rpm). He sat 94-95 mph in the first inning and bumped 97, then continued to work at 93-95 through three innings before dropping into the 89-91 range in the fourth. In a five-inning start later in the summer, Cusick pitched at 93-95 early and held 90-93 heat through the fifth inning, and his fastball had even more riding life, with outstanding spin rates in the 2400-2624 rpm range. His slurvish breaking ball ranges from 78-82 mph and isn’t a true out pitch at this stage, but he shows the ability to throw it for a strike to get ahead in counts and set up his heater as a putaway pitch. Sometimes he struggles to finish the pitch and misses arm-side and up with it, but the offering does flash average potential. He’s also working hard to develop his straight changeup, an 86-88 mph pitch with an appropriately low spin rate in the 1600 rpm range. It’s currently below-average to fringy with limited action, but he seems to be gaining confidence with it, and he has the aptitude to turn it into a viable weapon in the near future.


A right-hander, the delivery, is sound, stays over the rubber, separation is on time, lead leg lands slightly across body, showed the ability to pitch to the glove side. The fastball was 91-94 mph, sitting 92-93 mph, its heavy with good action to arm side on the 2-seamer. The baseball explodes out of his hand. The breaking ball was 79-81, its a hard power slurve, break continues to improve, along with the depth to it. Showed feel to changeup in the bullpen. Will be a high draft pick this spring.

Up to 95 mph, sitting 92-93 mph at the Area Code scrimmage in New Hampshire. Continues to improve as each month passes. 

Spring Season of 2017
Saw Ryan pitch against St Johns Prep, pitched 6 innings and struck out 14 hitters. Flashed 91/92 with the makings of improving secondary stuff. Ceiling and potential are through the roof.


We had a chance to see Ryan pitch during his spring campaign, and he is developing nicely. Bumped his velocity to the upper 80's, touching 90/91 numerous times. Showed the makings of a plus slider as well. The changeup is a work in progress. The frame projects and if he stays on this path, he will be a good draft out of high school.

Long and lanky right-hander who shows a huge amount of promise. The arm is quick and he pitches from a slightly lower than 3/4 arm slot. The fastball has serious life to it, touched 86. The slider is short and sat at 71. The changeup needs better rotation to it, but the arm speed remains the same, sat at 76. The delivery has crossfire to it. This leads to him having trouble get all the way out front with his ball hand. A slight tweak of his foot alignment will allow his stuff to come out. The front side is stable and the body posture is very good.  Arm is good enough to pitch anywhere in the country.

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