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CLASS OF 2021

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Ryan
Waldschmidt

Kentucky
Braden River (HS) • FL
6' 0" • 190LBS
R/R • 21yr 9mo
Travel Team: Florida Rebels

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3/08/24
Limited to DH only duties his first 11 games this spring from a knee surgery last fall, Waldschmidt was given full clearance and appeared in the outfield for the first time this season. Leading off and starting in leftfield on Friday night he banged out a pair of hits, and should have had another after laying down a perfect bunt his first at-bat, only to be thrown out on a bare-hand highlight play by Owl third-bagger Isaac Bouton. Waldschmidt ran a below average 3.97 H-1B on this bunt attempt. A bit rusty from game action in the field, he showed a below average arm during warmups and the game. His game throw from medium leftfield was well up the third base line on a play at the plate. In the box his bat speed was most impressive, unleashing it quickly explosively from his righthanded, rotational swing out of a spread stance. His top exit velocity on the weekend was 111 mph on a groundout to third. Overall, it wasn’t the best look at Waldschmidt’s toolset which was down across the board (other than his bat speed), but making a return from injury is never easy, and this one was especially a little more difficult with cool, rainy conditions. Regardless, Waldschmidt is one to keep an eye on, especially with the SEC season starting this weekend.
8/15/23

Cape Cod: Made an instant, yet short-lived impact for the Kettleers with five hits in ten at-bats which included a home run. His early departure was due to a left knee injury that required surgery. When healthy, the center fielder can impact the game in every area with his speed, athleticism and power potential.

3/11/23

Looked uncomfortable at the plate with little rhythm and a steep uphill swing path which was different from the approach he showed against Xavier in the fall. He finished the series 1-for-10 with a pair of walks. An All-Big South freshman for Charleston Southern last spring, Waldschmidt is currently batting .300 with a .480 SLG. He has the tools to develop into a top ten round prospect next summer.

10/22/22

vs XavierSophomore outfielder Ryan Waldschmidt reached base five times and showed a near average arm from right field during I/O. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound right handed hitter is a transfer from Charleston Southern where he was on the Big South All-Freshman Team in 2022.

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