Ryan pitching for the Detroit Tigers in 2016
|Chicago Cubs – No. 56|
|Born: September 25, 1991|
|August 30, 2014, for the Detroit Tigers|
|MLB statistics |
(through May 23, 2019)
|Earned run average||4.00|
Ryan was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 12th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of Auburndale High School in Auburndale, Florida. After spending a year with the Tigers' rookie-level squad, Ryan played with the West Michigan Whitecaps for 2011 and 2012.
Ryan spent all of the 2013 season with the high Class-A Lakeland Flying Tigers, where he was 12–7 with a 3.17 earned run average (ERA) and 1.19 WHIP in 142 innings. Ryan began the 2014 season with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, where he was 7–10 with a 4.55 ERA in 21 starts. He allowed 140 hits and 32 walks in 126 2⁄3 innings with 78 strikeouts. Ryan was then promoted to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, where he was 3–0 with a 1.64 ERA and .184 average against in five starts, allowing 21 hits and five walks in 33 innings.
Ryan made his major league debut on August 30, 2014, in game two of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. During his debut, Ryan pitched six shutout innings, allowing five hits, while walking two and recording one strikeout, in an 8–4 win. Ryan pitched in five more 2014 games, all out of the Tiger bullpen, appearing in 10 1⁄3 innings total.
Ryan started the 2015 season with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. On May 27, Ryan was called up on short notice to start for Alfredo Simón in a road game against the Oakland Athletics. Although he didn't arrive in time to start, he appeared in relief and was credited with a win, allowing one run in three innings. Ryan made 16 appearances in the 2015 season, six as a starter, and had a 2–4 record with a 4.47 ERA.
Ryan made the Tigers out of spring training in 2016, and pitched the entire season (56 games) in long and middle relief. He went 4–2 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, while striking out 35 batters in 55 2⁄3 innings.
On November 2, 2017, he was outrighted to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. During the 2017 season, he posted a 4.96 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP in 48 games with the Mud Hens. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.
Ryan is a control pitcher, featuring low walk and strikeout rates. He throws a 4-seam fastball and a sinker with similar velocities; both are in the 87-90 MPH range, topping out at about 93 MPH. He also throws a cut fastball in the mid-80s, a changeup in the low 80s, and an occasional curveball in the upper 70s.
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