Brendan Ryan: Focused on Results, not Numbers

Tony Suarez' weekly feature on one of the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Brendan Ryan, if you're reading this, please stop immediately.

That is just a warning to Ryan, as he no longer cares about his personal statistics and is just concerned about helping the Palm Beach Cardinals win in any way that he can.

"I've been a huge stat-rat my whole life," says Ryan. "This year I decided I wasn't going to look at any numbers. I'm going to take everything one at-bat at a time, and I'm going to watch my temper after I get out, and try to mature as a ballplayer.

"I liked the way Pete Rose played the game, and if I can bring 1% of what he brought, I'm doing something. I'll lay down bunts, or do whatever I have to do to help the team."

Although Ryan's buzz cut isn't anywhere close to Pete Rose's mop, the scrappiness that he plays with compares favorably to Rose.

Rated as the seventh-best Cardinals prospect by Baseball America, Ryan has hit above .300 at every level he's played - .311 at New Jersey in 2003 and .322 at Peoria last season.

In 99 at-bats this season, Ryan is hitting .323 and is among the Florida State League leaders with 11 doubles.

What he has accomplished this season is even more remarkable considering the nagging injuries he has been playing through. Ryan had been dealing with a strained left quadriceps, which is the reason he has only two stolen bases this year compared to last season's total of 30.

While trying to compensate for the injury, Ryan hurt his left hamstring. He missed some time, but finally got a start on May 16 at Clearwater. Reaching for a ball in the second inning, Ryan re-aggravated the injury and has now landed on the disabled list.

There is no definite time table for Ryan's return, but instead, he will monitor his own progress.

"I'm going to get some at-bats down at extended (spring training) and I'll let them know when I'm good to go, and hopefully pick up where I left off."

When Ryan does return, Palm Beach Cardinals fans can count on him to give 110% every night. The Florida State League All-Star Game is coming up soon on June 18, and one of Ryan's goals is to be selected to the team.

"The All-Star Game, that would be an awesome thing to be a part of," he says. "But you can't make the All-Star team in the training room."

The Cardinal Nation Top Stories