Broadneck grad Ryan signs with Rangers

June 21, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

A trip to Port Charlotte, Fla., last week convinced Broadneck's Sean Ryan that he wanted to turn pro. Ryan, a 6-foot-7 right-hander picked on the 36th round of the amateur baseball draft in early June, signed with the Texas Rangers Sunday night.

Ryan, 18, a native of Killen, Texas, received an undisclosed signing bonus and college education as part of his package and begins his pro career Friday. The All-Anne Arundel County pitcher has been assigned to the rookie league team at Port Charlotte.

"Driving home from Florida, I told my parents that I was ready to go and get started," said Ryan, after returning from a family vacation in Florida.

"I loved the atmosphere of Port Charlotte, and Tom House, the Rangers roving pitching coach and the other coaches seem to really care about the players. I've wanted to be a pro since second grade," Ryan said.

Texas scout Mike Toomey signed Ryan.

"I really think a lot of the other scouts missed the boat on this kid," said Toomey.

This spring Ryan was 8-3 with two saves for the Bruins. Ryan, the Bruins' MVP in each of his two final seasons (14-4 overall), struck out 87 in 60 innings and had an ERA of 1.98.

Ryan played shortstop when he was not pitching and hit .382 with 10 RBIs.

His last amateur game was a four-hit, 11-1 victory with eight strikeouts over the Carroll County Rangers on June 12 in Brooklyn for Gunther's Little Orioles.

The hard-throwing right-hander was off to a 3-0 start with 29 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings with an ERA of 1.35 for the Baltimore Metro League-leading Little Orioles.

Ryan, who ranked 38th in his class of 292, was a standout in three sports while maintaining a 3.64 grade-point average. He scored 1,190 on his SAT.

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