Ryan and his wife, Nicole, were married on Nov. 9 in Orlando at the Omni Hotel and Resort at ChampionsGate…past and present Rays in attendance included Austin Meadows, Austin Pruitt, Mallex Smith, Ryne Stanek and Shane McClanahan…former Rays pitcher Jake Faria was a groomsman…the two then honeymooned in Antigua for a week...The first thing Ryan and Nicole always do when traveling together is identify a go-to coffee shop when they arrive in a city...Ryan's alma mater, Old Dominion, lines its outfield wall with photos of major leaguers that have come through the program…Ryan and Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro were both invited back for a banquet in honor of being added to the wall in January 2019...He grew up a Rays fan and kept some 2008 World Series gear in his bedroom of his Lakeland home, which he found after he was acquired in a four-player trade from the Mariners…he admired David Price, James Shields and Scott Kazmir as a youngster, and still has a Kazmir jersey he received as a 15-year-old hanging in his closet...Ryan and Nicole own a 2-year-old chocolate lab named Cooper...Nicole won a national championship in lacrosse with Florida Southern in 2016…she began playing when she was eight but happily retired from the sport when her collegiate career ended.
Totaled 11 apps (9 starts), with his first 8 apps coming from the starting rotation...Missed a start while on the 10-day IL for left groin tightness from Aug 29–Sep 6...Allowed 2 runs (or fewer) in seven of his 11 apps, including four scoreless outings, but yielded 4 runs (or more) in his other 4 apps...Ended the season winless in his last 17 starts, going 0-7 with a 4.72 ERA (89.2-IP, 47-ER) during that stretch, which began in 2019…this tied the longest winless streak for a traditional starter in club history, joining Jason Hammel from April 11, 2006–Aug 28, 2007…his last win as a starter was Aug 11, 2019, at SEA…has received 1 run (or fewer) of support in 10 of 17 starts since then...Threw first-pitch strikes to 67.2 pct. of batters faced, and 68.4 pct. of his pitches were strikes, the 4th- and 5th-highest rates in the majors (min. 50 IP)…averaged 15.0 pitches per inning, 6th in the majors and 4th in the AL (min. 50 IP)... Yielded 2 BB (or fewer) in 10 of 11 apps…his July 30 at ATL start with 3 BB ended a run of 2 BB (or fewer) in 39 straight apps (16 starts)...Batters had an avg. exit velocity of 82.6 mph, according to StatCast, lowest in the majors...Made his third straight Opening Day roster, first as a regular member of the starting rotation...On Sep 15 vs. WAS, pitched in relief for the first time since Aug 6, 2019, vs. TOR…followed opener John Curtiss and his only run allowed in 5.2 IP was a RBI groundout in the 6th inning…marked his first win since Aug 11, 2019, at SEA.
POSTSEASON: Went 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA (14.2- IP, 6-ER) in 5 apps (2 starts)...In Game 4 of the ALDS at NYY, went 5 IP for the longest relief app in Rays postseason history… allowed a 2-run homer to Gleyber Torres...In Game 3 of the ALCS at HOU, made his first career postseason start and helped the Rays build a 3-0 series lead…his only runs allowed were a pair of solo homers: to José Altuve in the 1st inning and Michael Brantley on the first pitch of the 6th, his last batter faced...Made 3 apps in the World Series, including a Game 4 start…went 3.1 IP and yielded a pair of solo homers (Justin Turner, Corey Seager).
Made 28 apps (14 starts) over four stints with the Rays: Opening Day-April 24, May 5 (did not pitch), May 23-July 1, July 14 through season's end…ranked 2nd on the team with 141.2 IP behind Charlie Morton (194.2)...Is the only pitcher in club history with double-digit wins in his first two seasons in the majors…his 27 wins are the most in franchise history through his first two seasons...Yielded 20 BB for a 1.27 BB/9 IP ratio…min. 100 IP, ranked 3rd in the majors behind LAD HyunJin Ryu (1.18) and SEA/ARI Mike Leake (1.23) and 2nd in club history to David Price (1.21) in 2014...Recorded a 1.00 WHIP, which was 3rd among AL pitchers with at least 100 IP behind HOU Justin Verlander (0.80) and HOU Gerrit Cole (0.89)....Min. 100 IP, led the majors in averaging 14.5 pitches per inning, ahead of ATL Mike Soroka (14.6)…his 3.65 pitches/BF was 7th in the majors...® From the start of his third stint on May 23 through season's end, went 9-5 with a 3.60 ERA (125-IP, 50-ER) in 23 apps (14 starts)…his 1.15 BB/9 IP ratio over that stretch led the AL, while he ranked 3rd with a 0.95 WHIP...Ended the season on a winless streak of 8 starts, the longest drought in his career…went 0-3 with a 5.44 ERA (43-IP, 26-ER) over this stretch…took the loss in three straight starts from Sep 15-28...His last 9 apps came as a starter, while his first 19 outings included 5 starts and 14 relief apps…was 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA (85.2-IP, 41-ER) in 14 starts and 8-1 with a 3.86 ERA (56-IP, 24-ER) in 14 relief apps, primarily following an opener...His nine road wins tied for 5th in the majors...On May 23 at CLE, was recalled from Triple-A Durham and went a then-career-high 7.1 IP for the win…started and retired 16 of his first 17 BF, including a stretch of 12 straight following a José Ramírez 2nd-inning single…his only runs allowed came on a 2-run double by Jordan Luplow in the 6th...On June 2 vs. MIN, started and yielded a careerhigh-tying 7 runs in a 9-7 loss…induced 4 GDP, tying the club record and first time since Mark Hendrickson on June 9, 2004 vs. SF...On June 8 at BOS (G1), started and went a then-career-high 7.2 IP in a 9-2 win, and his 110 pitches remain a career high…allowed an unearned run in the 2nd inning and a solo homer to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the 8th...On June 27 at MIN, went three scoreless as the last of nine pitchers used in the club's 5-2, 18-inning win, tied for the longest game by innings in franchise history…pitched around leadoff singles in the 17th and 18th innings...On July 14 at BAL, replaced Ryne Stanek after two perfect innings and retired his first 18 BF… the combined perfect game bid was broken up on the first pitch of the 9th inning, when Hanser Alberto singled against the shift…his 18 consecutive batters retired tied for the 3rd-longest at any point in a game in club history, behind Matt Garza (22) on July 26, 2010 vs. DET and Chris Archer (19) on July 29, 2015 vs. DET…yielded back-to-back singles to start the 9th, then got a called strikeout and was replaced...On Aug 11 at SEA, faced his former organization for the first time and earned a 1-0 victory…did not allow a run in 8.2 IP, the longest outing of his career and the longest by a Ray since Matt Andriese's 2-hit shutout on May 14, 2016 vs. OAK…was attempting to throw the Rays first complete game since Andriese, which would have snapped a major-league-record streak of 571 games without one…the only baserunners against him were a 1st-inning error and singles in the 2nd, 4th and 5th innings; did not allow a runner to reach second base…retired his last 14 BF and was removed with 2 outs and the bases empty in the 9th…threw first-pitch strikes to 23 of 29 BF, reached a 3-ball count on only three batters and did not allow a walk...On Aug 17 vs. DET, made a second consecutive scoreless start, extending his scoreless streak to 17.2 IP…recorded a career-high 10 SO, but received no decision in the 1-0 win...Made three scoreless relief apps in the ALDS against the Astros, recording the win in a bullpen game in Game 4 vs. HOU… stranded an inherited runner with a Josh Reddick lineout to end the 2nd inning…pitched a perfect 3rd, then went single, flyout, double in the 4th and was replaced…was the beneficiary of a well-executed relay on a Yordan Álvarez double, with an 8-6-2 putout of José Altuve.
Made 38 apps (6 starts) for the Rays, his first career major league action…received one thirdplace vote to tie for fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting...His 16 wins were 2nd on the team behind Blake Snell (21) and led major league rookies, ahead of CLE Shane Bieber (11)…set a club rookie record, passing Rolando Arrojo (14) in 1998, and tied for 5th-most in club history…it was the most by an AL rookie since LAA Matt Shoemaker (16) in 2014 and most by a rookie lefty since ARI Wade Miley (16) in 2012...His 14 wins in relief were the most by any reliever since TOR Mark Eichhorn (14) and NYM Roger McDowell (14) in 1986 and the most by a lefty reliever since DET John Hiller (17) in 1974…was one shy of matching NYG Hoyt Wilhlem (15) in 1952 for the major league record for a rookie reliever...Led AL rookies with 147.1 IP and 128 SO…was the third Rays pitcher to lead AL rookies in wins, joining Wade Davis in 2010 and Rolando Arrojo in 1998…was the fifth Ray to lead AL rookies in innings and fifth to do so in strikeouts...Went 14-4 with a 3.72 ERA (118.2-IP, 49-ER) in 32 apps out of the bullpen and 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA (28.2-IP, 15-ER) in 6 starts...His 118.2 IP out of the bullpen were the most for any reliever since TOR Duane Ward (127.2 IP) in 1990 and the most for a rookie reliever since TOR Mark Eichhorn (157 IP) 1986…broke the club record previously held by Rick White (105.2 IP) in 1999…made 23 relief apps of at least 3 IP, most for a pitcher since Eichhorn (26) in 1986…his 18 relief apps of at least 4 IP were the most since BOS Bob Stanley (18) in 1982, and his 11 relief apps of at least 5 IP were the most since Stanley (11) in 1982...Yielded a team-high 18 HR, including 15 HR out of the bullpen, most among major league relievers and a club record among relievers...Three of his 16 wins came against the Yankees, joining Chris Archer in 2013 as the only rookies in franchise history to do that...Spent nearly the entire season on the active roster…was optioned to Triple-A Durham on April 29 but recalled on May 1 due to an injury to teammate Yonny Chirinos…did not appear in a game for Durham...On March 31 vs. BOS, made his major league debut in relief and his 73 pitches were the 2ndmost in club history for a reliever in his first career game, behind David Price (87) on Sep 14, 2008 at NYY…they were the most thrown by a Rays reliever at any point since Chris Archer (79) on Sep 13, 2012 at BAL, a 14-inning loss…his app of 4 IP tied for the 2nd-longest in club history for a reliever in his major league debut behind Price (5.1 IP)...On April 28 at BOS, recorded his first career win, replacing Yonny Chirinos with the bases loaded and no outs in the 3rd inning without allowing a run to score…yielded an RBI single to Hanley Ramírez in the 4th and solo homer to Rafael Devers in the 5th, but left with a 7-5 lead...On May 4 vs. TOR, entered to begin the 3rd inning and allowed a single to Dalton Pompey leading off the frame, but after that retired his last 15 BF…became the second reliever in club history to go at least 5 IP and allow 1 hit or fewer, joining Esteban Yan on April 13, 1998 vs. MIN...From May 19-25, became the first pitcher to go at least 6 IP in back-to-back relief apps, without a start in between, since BOS John Wasdin in 1999…from May 25-31, became the first pitcher to record 8 SO (or more) in consecutive relief apps since TEX Len Barker from Sep 17-25, 1977...On May 25 vs. BAL, went 7 IP out of the bullpen to tie for the longest outing for a reliever in club history…was the longest outing for an AL reliever since CLE Justin Masterson on Sep 12, 2010 vs. MIN…his 105 pitches tied Jason Hammel on June 13, 2007 vs. SD for the most in club history by a reliever...On May 31 at OAK, his 9 SO were a club record for a reliever…they were the most for an AL lefty reliever since MIN Johan Santana (9) on Sep 2, 2002 at SEA...On June 28 vs. HOU, his only run allowed in 6.1 IP was a solo homer to No. 9 hitter Jake Marisnick in the 5th inning…was the 13th time in franchise history the Rays lost 1-0 on a solo homer and the first time on a solo homer by the No. 9 hitter.
Spent his first season in the Rays organization with Triple-A Durham after being acquired from the Mariners in a trade involving Drew Smyly… his 13 wins, 26 starts, 157.1 IP and 159 SO were all career highs... Ranked 2nd among Rays minor leaguers in strikeouts, behind Brent Honeywell (172)…tied for 2nd in wins, one shy of José Mujica (14)… ranked 3rd in innings and 8th with a 3.43 ERA... Increased his strikeout total from 99 SO (6.94 SO/9 IP) with Double-A Jackson in 2016 to 159 SO (9.10 SO/9 IP) with the Bulls…according to FanGraphs, generated swings-and-misses on 14.0 pct. of his pitches, 2nd-highest in the International League behind teammate Brent Honeywell (14.3)... Led the IL in strikeouts, the second consecutive year and fifth time in seven seasons a Bulls pitcher was the league leader…tied for the IL lead in starts, ranked 2nd in wins, 3rd in innings, 4th in S0/9 IP, 5th in BB/9 IP and 8th in ERA... Limited left-handed hitters to a .217/.278/.343 (43-for-198) line with 3 HR…righties hit .256 (101-for-394) against him with 17 HR... Won both of his IL postseason starts…was the Game 1 starter in the IL Semifinals vs. Indianapolis (Pirates) and the Governors' Cup vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barres (Yankees)…was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA (13-IP, 2-ER)... Started the Triple-A National Championship Game against Memphis (Cardinals)…yielded 2 runs in 1.1 IP but got no-decision as the Bulls came back to win, 5-3... Twice was named IL Pitcher of the Week… received the honor for the periods of June 19-25 and July 31-Aug 6... Named to the Rays Organizational All-Star Team by MLB.com... Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 26 prospect in the Rays system following the season.
Named the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher after spending the entire sea-son with Double-A Jackson…his 2.95 ERA ranked 2nd to Chih-Wei Hu (2.59) and his 12 wins tied for the league lead with two others including Taylor Guerrieri…also ranked among league leaders in WHIP (1.11, 2nd), opp avg. (.232, 3rd) and winning pct. (.750, 1st)…named to the SL midseason and postseason All-Star teams…held left-handed hit-ters to a .183 avg. (24-for-131)…had a 7-inning CG SHO on April 30 (G2) vs. Mobile (Diamondbacks)…went 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA (30-IP, 6-ER) in May…was SL Pitcher of the Week for May 23-29 and Aug 1-7…named to the Mariners Organizational All-Star Team by MiLB.com.