Ben Lively

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School: SCHOOL
Position: POSBats/Throws: B/T
Year Acquired by Phillies: YYYY
Height: X’ XX”Weight: XXX lbs
Options Remaining: X
Rule 5 Eligible: YYYY
MiLB Free Agency: YYYY

Stats: MiLB | B-Ref | Fangraphs | Baseball America | Baseball Prospectus | MLBFarm

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Pre Draft:

Lively gets labeled as boring.  The ace of the Central Florida staff sports a fastball at 90-93 and can get to 94.  In addition to the fastball, Lively will show a slider, curveball, and changeup all that are close to average.  He profiles as a back of the rotation starter who could move quickly.

Scouting Report:

2015 Pre-Season:

Role: #3/#4 Starter
Risk: Medium – There are some concerns about how well Lively’s arsenal will play against advanced hitters, however he has the basic pieces to keep hitters off balance, which gives him an excellent chance to stick in the rotation.
Summary:  Lively, the return from Cincinatti for Marlon Byrd, was the breakout prospect for the Reds in 2014.  The numbers, especially in the hitter-friendly Cal League, hinted at a pitcher with dominant stuff.  Instead, Lively brings more of an average arsenal to the table.  His fastball is 90-93, and he can get to 95 if needed.  Outside the fastball, his best pitch is his slider, which is above average to plus.  He will also use a curveball and changeup that rate out as having average future potential.  Lively’s delivery is a bit unconventional, and it causes the ball disappear from sight in the middle of the delivery (Fangraph’s Eno Sarris breaks the whole delivery down here).  This adds a lot of deception to Lively’s delivery, but it also has some scouts worrying how the control will hold up in this motion and whether major league hitters will be able to figure out the deception.  Right now, Lively has good command of his pitches and can pound the strike zone with all four pitches.  If the deception continues to deceive hitters, and he can keep throwing strikes, Lively could be a mid-rotation starter.  The optimistic outcome is that he is more of a #4 starter who will be able to shoulder a large innings burden.  There are some evaluators that think he is best suited for a bullpen role long term, but he would need to fail as a starter for the Phillies to explore that option.  Lively should join fellow trade acquisitions Windle and Eflin in the Reading rotation.

2015 Mid-season:

What Happened:  Ben Lively has gone out and met expectations for the most part.  He has an average to slightly above fastball.  The slider is an above average pitch, but the changeup and curveball are fringe average offerings that might get to average some day.  He has decent control but there isn’t developed command of the arsenal.  That said there is some deception to the delivery and he isn’t flunking AA.
What Next: Lively’s drop is a combination of guys passing him and a level of stagnation.  Development is non linear, but for a guy at his level you are looking for some growth in the overall profile.  His ceiling is still backend starter, but I don’t think that is as safe as it looked before.  He is nearing MLB ready and could fight for a rotation spot at some point, though it is difficult to see the Phillies putting him on the 40 man roster unless they have to.


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