Trytten Gets Second Chance

At 19 Ryan Trytten was a thrower in the Brewers system, but after being released by Milwaukee and ending up in the Independent League, Trytten did some growing up and has matured into a pitcher for the Padres. Just before his 24th birthday Trytten got a promotion to Lake Elsinore and talked to MadFriars about his journey.

His one hope this year was to get a promotion prior to his birthday. He came in just under the wire and struck out the side in his California League debut.

"Honestly, it is has been a new start for me," said Trytten. "I am so appreciative to the Padres for giving me a chance, one more time. And my outlook on the year is pretty much that I would like to move up in the system as quickly as I can."

After cruising through the Midwest League, sporting a 1.20 ERA in ten appearances, Ryan Trytten was promoted to the California League.

In 15 innings of work, the right-hander struck out 17 and walked just three. He kept right-handed hitters to a .129 average on the year.

His road to San Diego, however, was through the Brewers system. Selected in round 39 of the 2000 draft, Trytten struggled with Beloit, the Low Class-A affiliate of Milwaukee. Hitters averaged over .300 against him in his two years there.

The Brewers released him and Trytten ended up in the Independent League.

He learned some valuable lessons along the way.

"I finally got the gist of baseball – how you could be gone in just seconds," Trytten admitted. "You are there one day and you are gone. When I was with Beloit, I wasn't pitching with confidence at all.

"When I went to the Independent League it was more ‘go out and just have fun.' There is nothing to it other than having fun. See what happens and I started throwing harder, had more confidence in my pitches and wound up at a tryout camp and signed with the Padres."

The 6-foot-3 reliever had some growing up to do. Drafted at 19, Trytten didn't have the information he does today – and some of that comes with age and maturity.

When a pitcher struggles, the mental aspect of the game weighs heavily. Worried about how each appearance would affect him, Trytten never put it altogether.

Until the Independent League – a trait he has carried with him in his new home within the Padres system.

"I was a young kid back then and wasn't informed about how to go about the game of baseball," said Trytten. "I was worried about if I do this or that, here are the consequences. Now I just go out and do my job and try and do it the right way."

Armed with two different fastballs, a two-seam and a four-seam, coupled with a curveball that he refers to as his out pitch, and a slider, Trytten would love to one day become a starter again. But after showing success in relief, he isn't so apt to take the hill to open a game these days.

"I would like to get a chance as a starter but that might not be the best thing for me," he said. "I just go with the flow."

It's hard to complain about the way things have been going. His 1.12 ERA on the year between two leagues says he is comfortable in relief and the flow is going well.

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