Villanova product Schryver climbing minor league ladder

Matt Leon
June 26, 2018 - 1:38 pm
Villanova product Hunter Schryver had a 2.23 ERA this season for the Bowling Green Hot Rods before getting promoted to High-A Charlotte in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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VILLANOVA, PA. (KYW Newsradio) — Hunter Schryver was one of the most talented pitchers to come through the Villanova University baseball program in recent history. 

The left-hander won 10 games over his final two seasons with the Wildcats while crafting a fine 2.55 ERA. In 162 1/3 innings, he struck out 170 batters and walked just 67.

The Tampa Bay Rays were impressed enough by Schryver's work to draft him in the 7th round in 2017. Since turning pro, he has quickly moved up the organizational ladder. In fact, just this week, he was promoted to the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League. He earned that promotion by going 1-2 with eight saves and a 2.23 ERA in 21 appearances for the Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods. In 36 1/3 innings with the Hot Rods, he allowed just 25 hits and walked 10 batters while striking out 48. Prior to his promotion to Charlotte, he spoke with KYW Newsradio about what has allowed him to have this type of success.

"Honestly, it's just having strike-throwing ability," he said. "If I can get ahead with my fastballs and then put them away with the curveballs, that's really what's been doing it for me. Every time I'm around the zone, staying ahead of hitters, it makes things a lot easier."

Making the work Schryver is doing even more impressive is the fact that he was a starter in college and has had to adjust to exclusively being a reliever in the pros on the fly.

"Last year, my first season, it was a little tougher at the beginning," he said. "Just making the adjustment, throwing more frequently, less innings, but maybe two, three times a week. So that was definitely a big adjustment, but once I got used to it, my arm adjusted to the different work load, it's been smooth sailing ever since and I'm actually really enjoying it."

Schryver says his time at Villanova helped him prepare for where he is now.

"A lot of experience," he said. "It's really hard to substitute that. Four years pitching in the Big East Conference was huge. Obviously, professional baseball, the talent is a little bit better, but that was definitely a good stepping stone to get me ready for this."

Schryver and the Stone Crabs will visit Lakeland on Tuesday night.

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