Ryne enjoyed a long offseason of bogey golf... Ryne visits his grandparents around the holidays every year and helps with their farm…they grow corn and soybeans, as well as raise cattle... His younger brother, Brendan, is a pitcher at Pittsburg State (Kan.) University... During his college days playing for the University of Arkansas, he and his teammates were eating breakfast at a Huddle House on the Ole Miss campus when they realized they were seated across from Eli Manning and his family... Ryne owns a German Shepherd and German Shorthaired Pointer... He was named after Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg despite being born into a family of Cardinals fans…last season, he became just the third "Ryne" in major league history, following Sandberg and All-Star pitcher Ryne Duren…his manager in Triple-A Durham was Sandberg's nephew, Jared Sandberg.
Made 21 apps over three stints with the Rays, his first career major league action…was on the active roster from May 14-June 10, Aug 1-8 and Sep 1 through the end of the season... Recorded a 3.52 ERA (7.2-IP, 3-ER) through the first 10 apps of his career, but a 7.30 ERA (12.1- IP, 10-ER) over his final 11 apps of the season. Allowed 6 HR in 20 IP, including 5 HR in his first 11.2 IP…his first 7 runs allowed all scored via the home run (three solo, two 2-run)... Averaged 98.1 mph on his fastball, according to StatCast…made 14 pitches of 100 mph or more, most by a Ray since Fernando Rodney (23) in 2013... Made his major league debut on May 14 at BOS… threw 9 pitches, all fastballs, averaging 99.3 mph according to StatCast, including a maximum velocity of 99.9 mph... On June 10 vs. OAK (G2), his 4 hits, 3 runs and 5 SO all remain career highs…became the first Rays reliever with 5 SO (or more) in an app of 2 IP or fewer since Steve Geltz on April 29, 2015 at NYY (1.2-IP, 5-SO)... On Sep 2 at CWS, allowed a solo homer to Avisaíl García on a 100.7 mph pitch, according to StatCast…it was the fastest pitch thrown by a Ray since data is available (2008) that was hit over the fence... Allowed at least 1 run in 7 consecutive apps spanning three stints, from June 8-Sep 8…it was the longest streak by a Rays reliever since Jason Hammel (7) in 2008... Was 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA (44.2-IP, 6-ER) and 60 SO in 37 apps with Durham…twenty of his last 21 apps spanning two stints there were scoreless, from June 20-Aug 30... Ranked by Baseball America as having the Best Fastball in the organization for a second consecutive year following the season.
Split the season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham…his last 23 apps of the season came out of the bullpen...Between the two levels, posted a 4.30 ERA (102.2-IP, 49-ER) in 34 apps (11 starts)…had a 3.83 ERA (42.1-IP, 18-ER) as a reliever...Had 113 SO in 102.2 IP, compared to 79 SO the season prior in 112.1 IP...Earned Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for June…had a 1.25 ERA (21.2-IP, 3-ER) and 25 SO in 7 apps (1 start)...His last start came on June 4…promoted to Durham on July 4 following a 1.00 ERA (18-IP, 2-ER) in 7 relief apps-all of at least 2 IP-with Montgomery...Had a 2.70 ERA (13.1-IP, 4-ER) over his first 8 apps with Durham, but ended the season with a 9.82 ERA (11-IP, 12-ER) over his last 8 apps...Pitched for the U.S. team in the Futures Game in July at Petco Park...Listed by Baseball America as one of three Rays farmhands to touch 100 mph according to scouts, front office officials or PITCHf/x data, along with José Alvarado and Diego Castillo...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 13 prospect in the Rays organization following the season…also tabbed by the publication as having the Best Fastball in the system.