Ryne Richard Harper...Graduated from Clarksville (TN) High School...Played four seasons at Austin Peay (TN) State University.
Went 4-2 with one save and a 3.81 ERA in his first Major League season...He struck out 50 batters and issued 10 walks in 61 appearances out of Minnesota's bullpen...His 61 appearances were the second-most on Minnesota's club...Started his rookie campaign in a strong fashion, offering scoreless relief in 17 of his first 18 appearances while pitching to a 1.42 ERA (3 ER/19.0 IP) from March 31 through May 18...Was particularly strong in the month of May, when he posted a 0.84 ERA (1 ER/10.2 IP) with 12 strikeouts in 11 outings...Opposing batters hit .158 (6-for-38) with one double during the month...Earned his first career save May 28 vs. Milwaukee...Earned first career win June 7 at Detroit.
Spent first season in Twins organization after signing minor league contract January 31 ... Began season with Double-A Chattanooga and split the first month with the Lookouts and Triple-A Rochester, making four appearances at each spot during the month ... Posted a 2.34 ERA (34.2 IP, 9 ER) with four saves in 20 games from early May-late July at Chattanooga before being promoted back to Rochester where he finished the season ... Named Southern League Midseason All-Star with Lookouts ... Combined to go 1-5, (65.0 IP, 26 ER) with 10 walks, 86 strikeouts and six saves in 38 games between Chattanooga and Rochester...held left-handed batters to a .181 average and right-handers to a .294 average.
Signed with Seattle in the offseason...spent most of the season with Triple-A Tacoma and four games for Double-A Arkansas in late August...13 of first 16 appearances for the Rainiers were scoreless, posting a 1.80 ERA (20.0 IP, 4 ER) in those games...held left-handed batters to a .179 average and right-handed batters to a .257 average.
Signed by Arizona in offseason, spent the year with Double-A Jackson..made 42 relief appearances for the Generals...among Southern League relievers, led the league in strikeouts-per-9.0 innings (12.57) and fewest baserunners-per-9.0-innings (10.46)...also ranked among Southern League pitchers in appearances (13th with 42), strikeouts (14th with 95) and saves (T18th with 6)...averaged 12.57 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.
Made 23 of 24 appearances with Double-A Mississippi (Atlanta), posting a 1.87 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 33.2 innings...also appeared in one game with the Single-A Rome...pitched for the Caneros de los Mochis in the Mexican Winter League.
Had career-high 48 appearances and 76.2 innings with Double-A Mississippi (Atlanta), was 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA...played for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League and went 2-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 11.1 innings...at Mississippi, established career-highs in wins (9), games (48), innings (76.2) and strikeouts (93).
In first season with Double-A Mississippi (Atlanta), posted a career-high 15 saves with a 1.79 ERA...led M-Braves pitchers in games (41)... selected as Mississippi's Pitcher of the Month in August after posting a 2.08 ERA (13.0 IP, 3 ERA) in 12 games, recording five saves.
Split season between Single-A Rome and Single-A Lynchburg (Atlanta)...combined, posted an average of 11.68 -strikeout--per-9.0-innings (90 K's, 69.1 IP)...tossed 17.2 scoreless inning over 10 relief appearances August 5-September 1 with Lynchburg.
Made professional debut with GCL Braves...promoted to Rookie-Danville, where he posted a 0.83 ERA in 21.1 innings...earned Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week Honors for the week ending August 21, going 1-0 with 6.1 scoreless innings and six strikeouts in two games.