As a four-year starter with Villanova, Hunter Schryver improved with each passing year. As a senior in 2017, he posted a solid 2.44 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 12 starts spanning 73 ⅔ innings. For the Wildcats that year, he ceded 56 hits (.213 OBA) and 37 walks (11.8%) while striking out 91 (29.0%).
Because Schryver was a senior with good results, he was selected in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Rays but was paid an under-slot bonus. He started his minor league career with Hudson Valley in the New York-Penn League and provided a respectable 3.12 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in just fewer than 35 innings of work.
Schryver pitched excellent ball for A-level Bowling Green and the A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs in the 2018 season. Then, just two days after the White Sox acquired left-handed relief prospect Caleb Frare from the Yankees, they also picked up Schryver in exchange for international bonus pool money.
Schryver pitched well for Winston-Salem after the trade, posting a microscopic 1.20 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in nine appearances with the Dash. Overall for 2018 with three teams, Schryver combined to post a 2.12 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 40 appearances. In his 63 ⅔ innings that year, he relinquished just 47 hits (.203 OBA) and 17 walks (6.6%) while striking out 80 (30.9%.
Birmingham was Schryver’s first stop in 2019, and he continued to fare well despite the stronger competition. In 30 appearances for the Barons spanning 48 ⅔ innings, he allowed 47 hits (.261 OBA) and 17 walks (8.5%) while striking out 39 (19.4%). He ultimately received a promotion to Charlotte, and he scuffled there, encountering adversity for the first time in his minor league career. In 11 outings for the Knights totaling 13 ⅔ innings, Schryver surrendered 16 hits (.291 OBA) and 12 walks (17.4%) despite a high punch out total of 23 (33.3%).
Baseball America assesses Schryver’s fastball at typically 87-91 mph, with a peak of 93. Additionally, he features a spike curveball and a changeup. He was able to keep the ball down at Birmingham (51.0% grounder rate), but struggled to do at Charlotte (30.3%). Lefties hit .259 against Schryver in 2019, while righties fared better at .273.
It’s a bit of a mystery why Schryver isn’t in big-league camp right now, given his relative high standing among southpaw relievers (you’d think it’s pretty much a grab-bag among Jacob Lindgren, Kodi Medeiros and Schryver). But Schryver has the potential of a middle reliever for the White Sox if he can improve his command while at Schaumburg and Charlotte this summer.