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Ryne Richard Harper (born March 27, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Ryne Harper
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Harper with the Twins in 2019
Minnesota Twins – No. 19
Born: (1989-03-27) March 27, 1989 (age 30)
Clarksville, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
March 31, 2019, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through August 19, 2019)
Win–loss record3–2
Earned run average3.45



Harper attended Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Tennessee. He played college baseball at Austin Peay State. In 2011, his senior year, he went 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA over 48.2 innings.[1] He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 37th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.[2]

In his debut season of 2011 he played for the GCL Braves and the Danville Braves, going a combined 3-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 30.1 innings. He split the 2012 season between the Rome Braves and the Lynchburg Hillcats, going a combined 2-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 69.1 innings. His 2013 season was spent with the Mississippi Braves, going 6-3 with a 2.77 ERA in 55.1 innings. In 2014, he once again spent the season with the Mississippi Braves, going 9-5 with a 2.82 ERA in 76.2 innings. After the 2014 regular season, Harper played for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League. He split the 2015 season between the Rome Braves and the Mississippi Braves, combining to go 0-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 35.1 innings. During the 2015 off-season, Harper played for the Cañeros de Los Mochis of the Mexican Pacific Winter League.[2]

On December 11, 2015, Harper was sent to the Seattle Mariners to complete an earlier trade for José Ramírez.[3] Harper spent the 2016 season with the Jackson Generals, going 4-5 with a 3.04 ERA in 68 innings.[2] He split the 2017 season between the Arkansas Travelers and the Tacoma Rainiers, combining to go 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 53.2 innings.[2] Harper was called up to the majors for the first time on May 28, 2017.[4] He was outrighted on June 17, 2017 without making an appearance. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.[2]

Minnesota TwinsEdit

On February 2, 2018, Harper signed a minor-league contract with the Minnesota Twins.[5] He split the 2018 season between the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Rochester Red Wings, combining to go 1-5 with a 3.60 ERA in 65 innings.[2] During the 2018 off-season, Harper played in two games for the Bravos de Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League.[2]

In 2019, Harper was given a non-roster invitation to major-league spring training.[6] Harper made the Twins' Opening Day roster out of spring training.[7] He made his major league debut on March 31, 2019 versus the Cleveland Indians, recording one scoreless inning of relief.[8]

He got his first career save on May 28, 2019 against the Milwaukee Brewers.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Ryne Harper". Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Seattle Mariners add minor league reliever Ryne Harper
  4. ^ Mariners call-up reliever Ryne Harper from Class AAA Tacoma
  5. ^ Eddy, Matt (February 5, 2018). "Minor League Transactions". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Twins announce 2019 Spring Training invites". February 9, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Twins announce 2019 Roster". March 26, 2019. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Minnesota Twins box score 3/31/19". Retrieved March 31, 2019.

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