One of the more maligned trades Sandy Alderson made last year was sending Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for their 2016 30th round draft pick Ryder Ryan. At the time of the trade, Ryan had made 33 appearances for Cleveland’s Low-A affiliate, and he had a 6.10 ERA and a 1.476 WHIP.
For whatever the reason, Ryan has been a completely different pitcher once he has become a member of the Mets organization.
Last year, Ryan made eight appearances for the Colubmia Fireflies going 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 0.846 WHIP, and a 9.0 K/9. Over his last seven appearances, he pitched 11 scoreless innings while limiting batters to a .057/.154/.057 batting line.
So far, Ryan has carried that dominance into the 2018 season with the St. Lucie Mets. In his first four appearances of the season, Ryan has yet to allow a run over six innings pitched. This extends his current scoreless inning streak to 17. It should be noted this dominance goes much further than keeping runs off the board.
Dating back to his first appearance with the Mets, he has yet to allow an extra base hit. He has struck out 22 (10.4 K/9) while walking eight.
This includes another impressive performance again tonight where Ryan pitched two scoreless innings in a tight 2-1 game giving him his second hold of the season in the St. Lucie victory by that score. He’d allow no hits while striking out three and walking two.
Overall, it was another impressive performance. As he continues stringing these performances together, he will begin to change the perspective on how people view the trade to obtain him.