It’s another day, another move and another Ryan for the Rangers. The Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher, Ryder Ryan from the Mets which completes the Todd Frazier trade from August. I don’t know about you but I get excited when I see the name Ryan and Mets and Rangers all mentioned in the same sentence.
Position: RHP | Age: 25 | Ht: 6’2 | Wt: 205
Ryan wasn’t always a throwing the ball from the mound. He was a two-position player in High School.
Baseball-reference shows only one inning pitched in College. He faced four batters and allowed one run on three walks and a hit. He mainly focused on third base in college and had not really thrown since high school prior to the draft.
In 2015, he hit a line of .143/.200/.214/.414 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts in 15 plate appearances. His numbers were better at the plate in 2016 but still left alot to be desired. In 31 plate appearances he hit .231/.355/.308/.663 with 2 RBI, 5 walks and 8 strikeouts.
Ryan was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 40th round of the 2014 draft but he honored his commitment to UNC.
The Indians selected Ryan again in the 30th Rd of the 2016 draft from University of North Carolina. At the time he was origally drafted, Perfect Game had him as the 145 ranked prospect in the Nation in 2014. He was the #5 ranked right-handed pitcher.
I’ve seen reports of his fastball touching in the mid-90’s and 84-86 mph on his slider with a good spin-rate.
According to the tweet from John Blake, Ryan has been assigned to the RoughRiders roster.
Rangers have acquired RHP Ryder Ryan from the New York Mets to complete the trade that sent INF Todd Frazier on 8/31. Ryan has been assigned to Texas’ AA roster. Pitched for Mets in spring training 2020 and was in their fall Instructional League program. Did not pitch in season.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) December 18, 2020
We will keep you up to date on his progress once the 2021 Minor-League baseball season starts. One thing we’re sure about is the name is going to stick with Texas Ranger fans.