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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

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: SP

Positions (alt): RP

College: Lander University

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*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.

Playing Experience

2007-09 Johnson County Community College NJCAA - Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Reliever
2009-12 Lander University NCAA DII - Peach Belt Conference Reliever / Closer
2013 Las Vegas Trainrobbers Pecos League Teams Closer League leader in Saves
2014 Confederation Cubs Sunburst Sr. AAA Starter
2014 Sonoma Stompers Pacific Association Reliever
2015 Oregon City Mud Turtles Mt Rainier Premier Baseball League Starter
2016 London Majors Intercounty Baseball League Reliever / Closer
2017 - 2018 Red Deer Riggers Sunburst Sr. AAA Starter
2018 - 2019 Coomera Cubs Greater Brisbane League GBL Starter / Reliever
2018 - 2019 Auckland Tuatara Australian Baseball League Reliever
2019 Fredricton Royals New Brunswick Senior Baseball League (Canada Semi-pro)

Coaching Experience

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.


Pro Pitching

2013 Trainrobber 1.80 0 0 25 25 25 25 0 9 5 1 1 9 2.00
2015 Mud Turtles 1.00 1 0 9 4 9 6 N/A 1 1 1 0 0 1.11
2016 Majors 1.80 0 0 15 11 15 15 N/A 4 3 2 0 2 1.73
2018-19 Auckland Tuatara 10.2 0 0 2.2 5 4 4 0 3 3 0 0 0 3.38
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 7.00 7 0 26.0 27 30 20 - 19 17 4 2 0 1.80
2019 Fredricton Royals (Playoffs) 1.75 5 - 32.0 16 37 16 - 9 8 3 2 0 1.00

College/Amateur Pitching

2009 Johnson County 4.76 0 0 17 20 14 9 0 12 9 1 1 0 1.71
2010 Lander 4.46 0 0 34 29 41 20 0 19 17 2 3 1 1.43
2012 Lander 7.15 0 0 11 17 15 6 0 14 9 0 0 0 2.03
2017 Riggers 2.00 1 1 7 2 8 2 N/A 2 2 1 0 0 0.57


These Testimonials Have Been Verified

Casey Dill

Las Vegas Train Robbers, Manager

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.

Aaron Dunsmore

Red Deer Riggers, Player Coach

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.

Dan Chapel

Former Coach

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.

Additional Info


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



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