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Bobby Ryan loved pressure in college; Played in five pro seasons, briefly made AAA

Bobby Ryan 1990 Watertown Indians card

Cal Poly's Bobby Ryan helped eliminate Lewis University from the 1989 NCAA Division II baseball championship, giving up just six hits for the win, UPI wrote.

"I love pressure," Ryan explained to UPI afterward. "I like pitching in it. When you look up and see the goose eggs, it makes pressure. The seventh, eighth and ninth, those are my innings."

Ryan soon went on to the pressure of the pros. His pro career saw parts of five seasons. He topped out briefly at AAA.

Ryan's career began that year in 1989, signed by the Indians as an undrafted free agent out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

At Cal Poly, that 1989 team ended up with the national championship. That November, the team reunited to get its rings, The San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune wrote.

"I think I've been on cloud nine since then," Ryan told The Telegram-Tribune. "It's something I'll always have with me."

With the Indians, Ryan played his first season between the rookie Gulf Coast League and short-season Watertown. He went 3-4, with a 2.50 ERA between them. He moved to Watertown full time for 1990. He saw 27 relief outings and ended with a 0.73 ERA. 

Ryan then moved to the Expos for 1991. He played most of the season at single-A Rockford, but he also saw two games up at AAA Indianapolis. He saw five innings at Indianapolis and gave up one earned run. At Rockford, he saved six, including one mid-April contest.

Ryan then briefly saw independent Salt Lake City for 1992. He got into seven games in relief, going  1-2, with a 4.38 ERA. Ryan is last credited as playing four years later, in 1996, two starts with independent Long Beach to end his career.

Bobby Ryan 1990 Watertown Indians card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,215
Made the Majors:1,383-32.8%
Never Made Majors:2,832-67.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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