Former Stan State baseball standout Joe Ryan heads into this year's Major League Baseball's All-Star Break in the top 15 in the majors in WHIP, strikeouts, and strikeouts per nine innings. Ryan has an 8-6 record for the Minnesota Twins while striking out 124 batters and walking just 18 in 107 innings pitched. He has a 1.01 WHIP and a 3.70 ERA heading into the break.
The 2018 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Pitcher of the Year is fourth in the Major League Baseball (MLB) with his 1.01 walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) and 11th in strikeouts. His 3.70 earned run average (ERA) is 31st in MLB while he his 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings places him eleventh in the majors.
Ryan pitched his first complete game shutout of his career this season in the Twins' 1-0 victory over Boston Red Sox on June 22. He struck out nine batters and walked no one while giving up three hits.
The San Francisco native made the USA Baseball Team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and ranked seventh on the 2022 MLB final rookie power rankings.
Besides being named the CCAA's Most Valuable Pitcher in 2018, Ryan was the highest draft pick in Stan State's baseball program history. He led all NCAA divisions with 127 strikeouts during his senior season, setting a new Stan State single-season record. With a 1.65 ERA, hitters were held to a .190 average.