Ronald Kyle Bird…he and his wife, Lauren, were married on 11/24/17 and have a daughter, Emory Grace (5/11/18)…transferred to Flagler following his sophomore year at Florida State…as a freshman, pitched in the second game of the College World Series…was teammates at FSU with Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston…named first team All-State as a senior at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Fla…also played basketball in high school.
Made his first career Opening Day roster and had no record, 7.82 ERA (11 ER/12.2 IP) over 12 relief outings over 5 stints with Texas: O.D.-3/31, 4/5-17, 5/27-28, 6/20-23, and 7/11- 8/1…earned 1st career save on 4/10 at ARI, retiring both batters faced to end game with bases loaded...over the previous 26 seasons (beg. 1994), the only other Ranger to post a save within his 1st 4 career outings was Yoshinori Tateyama on 5/28/11 vs. KC…made ML debut on 3/28 vs. CHC (BB only BF)…whiffed Jason Heyward for his 1st career strikeout on 3/31 vs. CHC.
Made 2 appearances for Texas before being optioned to Nashville on 4/1…was recalled by Texas 4 days later on 4/5 due to an injury to Edinson Volquez…allowed 4 R-ER in 3 G/4.1 IP during that stint before option to Nashville on 4/18…made one total appearance during his next 2 stints in the Majors…retired each of final 8 batters faced spanning 4 outings to finish the year....spent the balance of the 2019 campaign with Nashville, finishing 4th on the club in wins…was on the Sounds injured list from 6/1-17 with pneumonia.
Posted the best SO/9 rate (10.5) of his career and held opponents to a career-low 6.2 H/9…combined to go 3-3 with a 2.39 ERA (20 ER/75.1 IP) and 4 saves over 43 games/6 starts with Durham (AAA) and Montgomery (AA) in the Tampa Bay organization…held left-handed batters to a .156 avg (15-96) while right-handed hitters batted .222 (37-167)…returned to Montgomery for start of season and was promoted to Durham on 5/21 for remainder of season…added to Tampa Bay's 40-man roster on 11/20…joined Obregon in the Mexican Winter League and went 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA (4 ER/18.0 IP) and 2 saves over 18 relief appearances…Mexican League opponents batted .190 (12-63) with 19 strikeouts.
Combined to go 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA (70.1-IP, 25-ER) in 43 apps (5 starts)…split the season between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo for a second consecutive year…averaged a careerhigh 9.73 SO/9 IP…made 20 apps for the Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League …pitched for Caracas for a third straight year.