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The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a minor league contract with reliever Ryder Ryan. He will be invited to minor league camp as a non-roster invitee.
Ryder Ryan was first drafted in the 40th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. He decided not to sign and enrolled at North Carolina. In his freshman and sophomore years at North Carolina, he appeared in 33 games as a hitter and 1 as a pitcher. After his sophomore year, he was once again drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 30th round of the 2016 draft as a pitcher and chose this time to sign with Cleveland instead of returning to school.
He spent the next 6 years in the minor leagues playing for Cleveland, the NY Mets, Texas and Seattle. Finally in 2023 with the Mariners, Ryan was putting up nice numbers with AAA Tacoma and was called up to the major leagues for the first time. Ryan pitched 1 inning in relief against the Baltimore Orioles, walking 1 and striking out 2. After the season he was dropped from the Mariners' 40-man roster, becoming a free agent.
Ryder Ryan is a 6’2” 205 lbs. right handed pitcher with a fastball that sits around 93-94 mph and a strong sinker and a slider as his complimentary pitches. His fastball is a 4-seam pitch that has decent late movement on it, making it hard to get barrelled up. He has the arm to go multiple innings in relief and can be used in many different situations.
This signing may seem like a depth pitcher for Indianapolis, but the Pirates do an effective job each offseason in putting a bullpen together through free agent signings like this. Pirate fans may see Ryder Ryan have a legitimate shot at becoming a part of the major league bullpen.
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