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Ben Runyon: 6’7″ RHP with 5+ Years of Professional Experience Seeking Club Overseas for 2018 Season

Having played with Ben Runyon in the summer of 2013, I can speak firsthand of his abilities. Ben is a tall and strong right-handed pitcher who can be used as a starter or a reliever. He has a good fastball which is in the upper 80’s and low 90’s, and mixes in a changeup and curveball as his off-speed pitches. Ben grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada but attended college in America so he could pursue a baseball career. Ben attended Johnson County Community College for a few years before transferring to NCAA Division II Lander University.

After graduating from Lander with a degree in exercise science, Ben signed a contract with the Las Vegas Trainrobbers in the Pecos League. Despite the Pecos League being an offensive-friendly league, Ben was very successful as the team’s closer. He held a 1.8 ERA through 25 innings and had 9 saves. Since then, Ben has signed professional contracts in numerous independent leagues throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Ben is now looking to take his baseball career overseas and get a chance to travel the world. He has experienced professional independent baseball at multiple levels, but now wants to take advantage of this opportunity to play overseas. He is looking for a team for the 2018 season who can offer flights, accommodations, and a salary to cover living expenses.


DEMOGRAPHICS

Date of birth: March 19, 1989

Birthplace / Current Residence: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Passports held: Canadian

Dual Citizenship: None

Height and weight: 6’7″/ 210 lbs (201 cm/95 kg)

Bats / Throws: Right/Right

Primary position(s): Starting Pitcher

Secondary position(s): Relief pitcher / Closer


PERSONAL

Education: Exercise Science

Hobbies and Interests: Travelling and exploring

Post baseball career plans: Attain a degree in either Physical therapy or occupational therapy

Relationship status: I have a spouse who supports my overseas baseball career ambitions

Recent injuries or illnesses: None


BASEBALL BACKGROUND

College Baseball:

2007-09: Johnson County Community College, NJCAA – Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference

2009-12: Lander University, NCAA Division II – Peach Belt Conference

 

Professional Baseball:

2017: Red Deer Riggers, Sunburst Sr AAA

2016: London Majors, Intercounty Baseball League

2015: Oregon City Mud Turtles, Mount Rainer Premier Baseball League

2014: Sonoma Stompers, Pacific Association

2014: Confederation Cubs, Sunburst Sr AAA

2013: Las Vegas Train Robbers, Pecos League

 

Coaching Experience:

2013: Carolina Spikes U14 Head Coach

2010-12 Carolina Spikes U18 Pitching Coach


STATISTICS

YEAR TEAM ERA INN H K BB HBP R ER WINS LOSSES SV WHIP
2009 Johnson County 4.76 17 20 14 9 0 12 9 1 1 0 1.71
2010 Lander University 4.46 34.33 29 41 20 0 19 17 2 3 1 1.43
2012 Lander University 7.15 11.33 17 15 6 0 14 9 0 0 0 2.03
2013 Las Vegas  1.80 25 25 25 25 0 9 5 1 1 9 2.00
2015 Oregon City 1.00 9 4 9 6 0 1 1 1 0 0 1.11
2016 London Majors 1.80 15 11 15 15 2 4 3 2 0 2 1.73
2017 Red Deer Riggers 2.00 7 2 8 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0.57
Total 3.49 118.66 108 127 83 4 61 46 8 5 12 1.61

 


REFERENCES

Casey Dill (Las Vegas Train Robbers, Manager): Cdill@palmspringspowerbaseball.com

Ben Runyon is a tall. physical, lean muscular build, MLB body. His FB is 89-91, tops at 92, he has a lot of tilt to his pitches due to his height. Slider is his best secondary pitch that he uses to strike hitters out. He is a professional caliber pitcher and first class person. Whoever ends up signing Ben is getting someone who will help you win games and be a great teammate and representative in the community.

 

Aaron Dunsmore (Red Deer Riggers, Player Coach): Aaron.dunsmore@gmail.com

Ben has a wealth of baseball experience and has really grown into himself as he has matured.  He has always had good stuff but now he pitches with a lot more confidence and has found the ability to let his stuff do its thing in the strike zone.  He has a pro-typical pitchers body and has the ability to shut down some good offensive teams.  Ben has been a good teammate in the past and would be a welcome addition to a club looking for an impact arm.

 

Dan Chapel (Former Coach): chapps136@yahoo.com

Ben Runyon is a class act on and off the field! He works hard and is definitely a good teammate. 
Ben is hard throwing right hand pitcher. I have seen him hit 92 on the gun! He can be used as both a starter or reliever. Has a nasty slider to compliment a good fastball.
Ben is an excellent athlete. He is a great basketball player as well who can shoot the 3 and dunk. Ben can play OF or 1st base and swing it if needed.
I have done a lot of kids camps with Ben. He is great around the kids. He is tough on them as well and does not put up with nonsense.
Runyon is a class act on and off the field and would be a great fit wherever he went.

SIGNING PREFERENCES

Ben is looking for a team overseas for the 2018 season who can offer flights, accommodations, and a salary to cover living expenses. He would be interested in playing for a team in Europe or Japan but is open to all offers.


CONTACT INFO

Email: benjamin.runyon23@yahoo.com

Phone/WhatsApp: +1(780)232-9127

Facebook: Ben Runyon


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