Canadian Left-Handed Two-Way Player with Professional and Overseas Experience
Name: Ryan Johnson
DOB: September 29, 1992
Date Available: March 15, 2021High-Level Indy Pro experience
Positions: SP, RF
Positions (alt): 1B, CF, LF
College: Lubbock Christian University
What specific skills do you bring to the ball field?
Bring a good mix of pitches with a FB averaging 91, a big curveball to compliment it as well as a changeup that can be thrown in hitters counts and to both sides of the plate. From the hitting side, there’s good pop that can cover both sides of the plate as well as discipline, a sort of calmness with RISP, and a solid approach with 2 strikes.
Summarize any career highs, achievements, recognitions, awards
2019 NCAA All-American honors, 2019 Heartland conference pitcher of the year, 2019 CBN Canadian college pitcher of the year (most 1st place votes ever), 2020 Prague Baseball Week HR Derby champ
Describe yourself as a teammate
I believe in my core that baseball is more fun with friends, Baseball is always more fun when you’re winning with your friends. It’s a complicated sport and it takes a village to be an elite baseball player. I try my best to be whatever I have to be to every teammate, whether it’s a guy who is struggling with their mentality or mechanics, or someone who is on a hot streak and that involves us talking about the weather before the game. I try to be that guy for the boys.
Explain your experience and abilities at your secondary positions
I went to Germany for the 2020 season not having hit in a competitive game since 2013. My history of hitting is quite great if I do say so myself, Canadian junior national team, 2 way player throughout my first couple years of university with some regional awards during that time. When I started hitting again in the Bundesliga 1 for the Solingen Alligators. Thankfully it was like riding a bike, I hit .387 and tied for most homeruns on the team. Positionally a leftie can only play 1st or OF. I’ve been shagging balls for a long time so that was an easy transition.
Why do you want to take your career overseas?
I want, need, desire to play high-level ball… COVID was tough for me, I need numbers so that I can get back on the horse and give this game all I have for the remainder of my career.
If you have not competed recently, explain what you have been doing to stay sharp and in shape
It’s currently the offseason but I’ve been blessed with good people around me as well as good facilities that allow me to perform at the best level that is available in Vancouver. We organize Friday live at-bat sessions and I’m able to throw my bullpens at the facility that I also lift and workout. Luckily Vancouver is a city that I can be outside almost all year, rain permitting.
In a paragraph or two, summarize what you bring to the table as a coach
A fundamental understanding of the game. Half of it is meant to be fun and enjoyed and the other half is understanding and trying to understand what your athletes are able to bring to the table with hard work and perseverance.
- Lubbock Christian Pitcher, Ryan Johnson, Named Canadian College Player of the Year
- Goldeyes Sign Winnipeg-Born Lefty
- Johnson Breaks Record, LCU Clinches Title
- Goldeyes Sign Rookie Winnipeg Pitcher, Ryan Johnson
- Extend my baseball career
- Use overseas as a stepping stone into a professional league in the U.S.
- Experience new cultures and meet new people
- Use my knowledge and experience to help grow the game globally
- Stay active during the offseason in a winter league
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