Canadian 6’7″ RHP with Professional Experience
Name: Ben Runyon
Height: 201 cmcm
Weight: 102 kgkg
DOB: March 19, 1989
Date Available: May 1, 2020
Positions (alt): RP
College: Lander University
*Written by Jimmy Jensen
Having played with Ben Runyon in the summer of 2013, I can speak firsthand of his abilities. Ben is a tall and strong right-handed pitcher who can be used as a starter or a reliever. He has a good fastball which is in the upper 80’s and low 90’s, and mixes in a changeup and curveball as his off-speed pitches. Ben grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada but attended college in America so he could pursue a baseball career. Ben attended Johnson County Community College for a few years before transferring to NCAA Division II Lander University.
After graduating from Lander with a degree in exercise science, Ben signed a contract with the Las Vegas Trainrobbers in the Pecos League. Despite the Pecos League being an offensive-friendly league, Ben was very successful as the team’s closer. He held a 1.8 ERA through 25 innings and had 9 saves. Since then, Ben has signed professional contracts in numerous independent leagues throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Ben is now looking to take his baseball career overseas and get a chance to travel the world. He has experienced professional independent baseball at multiple levels, but now wants to take advantage of this opportunity to play overseas. He is looking for a team for the 2020 season who can offer flights, accommodations, and a salary to cover living expenses.
Update: Ben is currently playing in Australia and making a major impact on the Queensland State League in Brisbane. Here is a recent article on Ben and his performance in Australia.
|2011-2013||Pitching Coach||Carolina Spikes||USSSA||Head coach to the U14 and U16 Spikes. Pitching coach for the U18 Spikes.|
|2015||Pitching Coach||Edmonton Prospects||Assist Head coach in practices as well as set up and develop throwing programs for off season training as well as fall and spring games.|
|2018-19 (In progress)||Coomera||4.88||11||0||66.1||69||80||52||9||52||35||4||9||0||1.82|
|2019||Fredricton Royals (Playoffs)||1.75||5||-||32.0||16||37||16||-||9||8||3||2||0||1.00|
These Testimonials Have Been Verified
Ben Runyon is a tall. physical, lean muscular build, MLB body. His FB is 89-91, tops at 92, he has a lot of tilt to his pitches due to his height. Slider is his best secondary pitch that he uses to strike hitters out. He is a professional caliber pitcher and first class person. Whoever ends up signing Ben is getting someone who will help you win games and be a great teammate and representative in the community.
Ben has a wealth of baseball experience and has really grown into himself as he has matured. He has always had good stuff but now he pitches with a lot more confidence and has found the ability to let his stuff do its thing in the strike zone. He has a pro-typical pitchers body and has the ability to shut down some good offensive teams. Ben has been a good teammate in the past and would be a welcome addition to a club looking for an impact arm.
Ben Runyon is a class act on and off the field! He works hard and is definitely a good teammate. Ben is hard throwing right hand pitcher. I have seen him hit 92 on the gun! He can be used as both a starter or reliever. Has a nasty slider to compliment a good fastball. Ben is an excellent athlete. He is a great basketball player as well who can shoot the 3 and dunk. Ben can play OF or 1st base and swing it if needed. I have done a lot of kids camps with Ben. He is great around the kids. He is tough on them as well and does not put up with nonsense. Runyon is a class act on and off the field and would be a great fit wherever he went.
Education: Exercise Science
Hobbies and Interests: Travelling and all athletics
Post baseball career plans: Attain a degree in either Physical therapy or occupational therapy
Relationship status: Single
Recent injuries or illnesses: None