Rangers complete Aug. trade with RHP Ryan

December 18th, 2020

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Ryder Ryan from the Mets as the player to be named later for infielder Todd Frazier.

Ryan was a 30th-round pick for the Indians in the 2016 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina. He was an infielder in college, but the Indians turned him into a pitcher, because he had a strong arm with a fastball capable of reaching the mid-90’s range.

Cleveland traded Ryan to the Mets on Aug. 9, 2017, in exchange for outfielder Jay Bruce. Ryan was in big league camp for the Mets this past spring, but he was not on the 60-man squad during the season nor was he in the Fall Instructional League.

Ryan was used almost exclusively as a reliever in the Mets organization. He last pitched at Double-A Binghamton in 2019. In 25 games, including the only two starts of his career, Ryan was 3-1 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He averaged 8.1 strikeouts, 4.7 walks and 6.7 hits per nine innings.

The Rangers traded Frazier to the Mets on Aug. 31, 2020. They also traded Robinson Chirinos to the Mets for a player to be named later. That trade has yet to be completed. The Rangers completed a trade with the Mets on Aug. 5, when they traded right-hander Ariel Jurado and received righty reliever Stephen Villines in return.