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Top Joe Ryan News

  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Working on new sinker

    Ryan has been working on a new sinker this spring and threw it in Friday's spring training start, MLB.com reports. Ryan gave up two runs with two strikeouts and a walk over two innings Friday against Boston.

    Ryan doesn't have great velocity (92.3 average mph fastball in 2023) but has an extremely deceptive four-seam fastball that helped him generate an excellent 29.3 strikeout percentage and 14.2 percent swinging strike rate in 2023. However, his secondary pitches all took a step backward last season, so the development of another pitch could be a significant addition and is something to monitor this spring. He worked on the new sinker at Driveline in Arizona in the offseason.

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  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Will start Game 4 of ALDS

    Ryan will get the start in Game 4 of the ALDS on Wednesday versus the Astros, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Ryan has not yet pitched in the 2023 postseason, though he was lined up to start a potential Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series before the Twins finished off a two-game sweep of the Blue Jays. The 27-year-old right-hander registered an underwhelming 4.51 ERA in 29 regular-season starts, but he showed improved swing-and-miss stuff and excellent command while tallying 197 strikeouts with only 34 walks across 161.2 innings.

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  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Would start potential Game 3

    Ryan will start Game 3 of the AL Wild Card Series versus the Blue Jays on Thursday, if necessary, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Ryan had been lined up for the start, so this doesn't come as a surprise. The Twins hope they can save him for the ALDS, of course, which they would be able to do if they are able to eliminate Toronto with a Game 2 victory. Ryan boasted a 197:34 K:BB over 161.2 innings during the regular season, but his 4.51 ERA points to the inconsistency he dealt with.

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  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Struggles through five frames

    Ryan did not factor into the decision Friday, allowing six runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings against the Rockies. He struck out six.

    Ryan allowed three homers on the night, bringing his season total to 32 -- more than all but four other pitchers. The right-hander finishes the regular season with a 4.51 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 197 strikeouts in 161.2 innings, but over his past five outings, he holds an ERA of 6.20 and a WHIP of 1.46. His next start will likely come in the wild-card round, as the Twins look to break an 18-game playoff losing skid that dates back to Oct. 5, 2004.

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  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Strikes out 10 in win

    Ryan (11-10) got the win over the Angels on Sunday, allowing three runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out 10 over six innings.

    Ryan struck out double-digit batters for the sixth time this season and for the first time since July 21. The seven hits were the most he's allowed since Aug. 2, but he displayed excellent command after walking multiple batters in each of his last two starts. Ryan's inconsistencies have left a question mark for the Twins' third rotation spot for the playoffs; however, Sunday's outing likely put him as the front runner to man the role behind Sonny Gray and Pablo Lopez. Ryan now owns a 4.31 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 191:33 K:BB in 156.2 innings and lines up for one final start against the Rockies.

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  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Struggles in loss

    Ryan (10-10) took the loss Monday against the Reds, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five.

    Ryan pitched Monday in what was easily his worst start of five since returning from a groin injury Aug. 26. He struggled a bit with his command as the three walks issued matched his season high. The 27-year-old has pitched to a 4.30 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 181:33 K:BB over 150.2 innings. Ryan looks to return to form in his next start, scheduled to be against the Angels at home.

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  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Another brief start

    Ryan did not factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks over 4.2 innings against the Rays. He struck out seven.

    After lasting just four innings last time out, Ryan got yanked after 4.2 frames Tuesday at 102 pitches. His struggles with the long ball also continued, as he allowed a Rene Pinto solo homer in the fifth frame, the 20th round tripper Ryan has surrendered in his last 52 innings (11 starts). Over that span, the 27-year-old owns a 6.40 ERA and a 76:15 K:BB. He's next expected to toe the rubber against the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday.

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  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Lasts just four innings in loss

    Ryan (10-9) took the loss Wednesday, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk over four innings against Cleveland. He struck out three.

    The 27-year-old allowed only two runs on the afternoon but needed 89 pitches to get through four innings as the right-hander was replaced by Louie Varland to open the fifth. Ryan has now failed to make it through five frames in three of his last five starts, though he's allowed two or fewer runs in three straight. Ryan has also lost five of his last seven decisions (spanning 10 starts), surrendering at least four runs in five of those outings.

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  • Twins' Joe Ryan: Fans seven in win

    Ryan (10-8) allowed one run on three hits across six innings Friday, striking out seven and earning a win over Texas.

    Aside from Corey Seager's solo homer in the fourth inning, Ryan was nearly untouchable in Friday's victory. It was his first appearance without walking a batter since June 27 and the first time he completed six innings since July 26. Despite the strong outing, he threw a season-low 74 pitches, though he still managed to force 14 whiffs. Ryan lowered his season ERA to 4.20 with a 166:27 K:BB through 24 starts. He's currently lined up to start in Cleveland next week.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 205 lbs
Birthplace: San Anselmo, CA
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R