Kramer Sneed, LHP, Starter
One of the answers to the Vernon Wells trade with the New York Yankees, Kramer Sneed became a favorite of InsideTheHalos.com Publisher, Taylor Ward, following a California League playoff performance.
"Sneed put together a playoff performance in High-A that I've only seen from Major Leaguers. It was one of the best games I've been to, but Kramer Sneed will forever be etched in my mind as one of the studs from that night."
It's only fitting that with a name like Kramer Sneed, you would be self described as a "corky left hander." Sneed has always been a good athlete however. From his early high school years, Sneed was a talented basketball player and also a good pitcher. After some decisions, pitching became a priority in his life, and right now, is looking like a pretty good life choice.
Sneed has an oddly gripped changeup that is his go to pitch. He grips the ball similar to a circle change but open up just a little a little at the thumb and puts all his pressure on the middle finger to help make it break. The break is at a plus as is his command of the pitch making it possibly the best in his arsenal.
Sneed has a four-seam fastball that has picked up velocity by a mile per hour or two of recent and now sits at 92-94. This is also an effective pitch for him as he throws from a high angle, which is already high at his six-foot-three stature. Sneed also has an 85 mile per hour slider that has average break and can be considered an average pitch.
Something that was noticeably a problem for Sneed when he came to the Angels organization was control which was fixed immediately. Whether it was development due to age or better coaching, Sneed's control became near flawless this past season in a league that usually brings your walk count up from it's original placement.
Sneed began the first three years of his career with the Yankees as a reliever who would make spot starts. Over his time wearing pinstripes, Sneed combined to have a 4.39 earned run average and 1.367 WHIP, while striking out 9.13 per nine, and walking 3.39 per nine. Not exactly stats you'd expect to match each other.
In 2013, Sneed's statistics took no hit once in the hitter friendly California League, where his struggles came at the high elevation and heavy winded stadiums in the league such as Lancaster, High Desert, and Rancho Cucamonga.
Sneed finished the 2013 season with a 4.09 earned run average with a 1.28 WHIP. However, there is one GIANT note worth mentioning. Late in the season, Sneed had an 8 earned run performance with 10 hits and a walk. If you take that one poor start away, Sneed would have finished the season with a 3.41 earned run average. If that start were to never have occurred, Sneed would have had the fourth best ERA in the Cal League, and would have been just four points behind fellow Angels prospect, Mark Sappington.
When it comes to the clutch playoff performance mentioned earlier in this article, Sneed pitched 5.2 innings, while striking out six, and allowing three hits in an elimination game against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, ending in a walkoff single from Alex Yarbrough.
EXPECTED IN THE FUTURE:
Sneed will enter and end this season being 25-years-old, something you wouldn't like to see in High-A. We expect Sneed to start in the Double-A rotation out of Spring Training and possibly work his way towards Triple-A late in the 2014 season. With what we've seen, we expect a Major League future out of Kramer Sneed, possibly as early as mid 2015 or early 2016.
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