|Toronto Blue Jays|
February 20, 1980 |
San Antonio, Texas
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|April 28, 2002 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2012 Season)
|Runs batted in||125|
Ryan David Langerhans (born February 20, 1980) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Langerhans was drafted in the third round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves. During his baseball career, Langerhans has played for the Braves, the Oakland Athletics, the Washington Nationals, the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Amateur career 
Langerhans attended Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas. During the 1996 season, Langerhans batted .442 and was selected to the All-State team. His next season, 1997, Langerhans batted .427 and was again selected to the All-State team. That season, Langerhans also won 11 games as a pitcher. During his senior season in 1998, Langerhans batted .512, was named to the All-State team, was selected as a Nike All-American, was selected to play in the 1998 Texas High School All-Star Game, and was named Texas Player of the Year. Langerhans is one of four players who attended Round Rock High School and played in the major leagues. The three other players are John Danks, Brian Gordon, and Travis Schlichting. Ryan Langerhans' father, John Langerhans, was his coach while playing for the Round Rock baseball team. During his senior year, Langerhans signed a letter of intent with the University of Texas, however, after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves, Langerhans went straight to professional baseball.
Professional career 
Atlanta Braves 
Early minor league career 
Langerhans made his professional debut in 1998 with the rookie-level GCL Braves of the Gulf Coast League. He batted .277 with 41 hits, 10 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs, and 19 RBIs. In 1999, Langerhans was promoted to the Class-A Macon Braves of the South Atlantic League. In 121 games, Langerhans batted .268 with 120 hits, 30 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs, 49 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases. In 2000, Langerhans was assigned to the Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. He appeared in 116 games with the Pelicans and batted .212 with 14 doubles, 7 triples, 6 home runs, 37 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases. Langerhans' 7 triples was tied for third most in the league with Choo Freeman (7), was and behind Damione Merriman (9), and Chone Figgins (14). Langerhans continued playing with the Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2001. He batted .287 with 30 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, 48 RBIs, and 22 home runs. In 2002, Langerhans was promoted to the Double-A Greenville Braves of the Southern League. He batted .251 with 23 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, and 62 RBIs in 109 games.
Major league beginning 
Langerhans was called-up to the Atlanta Braves from the Double-A Greenville Braves in April, 2002. He appeared in one game that season where he had one at-bat against the Houston Astros where he did not record a hit. He was sent back down to the minors to start the 2003 season where he batted a combined .261 with 33 doubles, 4 triples, 10 home runs, and 49 RBIs between the Double-A Greenville Braves and the Triple-A Richmond Braves. Langerhans was called-up by the Braves in September. On September 5, in his second game of the season, Langerhans got his first major league hit coming against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Despite making his major league debut in 2002, Langerhans did not become an everyday big-league player until 2005, getting playing time for the Braves in all three outfield positions. He is part of the group of 18 rookie players nicknamed the "Baby Braves" that Atlanta called up from its minor league system during the 2005 season.
Langerhans started 2006 as the Braves regular left fielder but a severe drop-off in his production from 2005 combined with the hot hitting of Matt Diaz resulted in a drop in Langerhans' playing time. By the end of the 2006 season, he was a platoon left-fielder, with Matt Diaz as his right-handed partner. Scott Thorman often also took starts from Langerhans as the left-handed part of the left-field platoon.
Oakland Athletics 
After a poor start to 2007 at the plate, he was traded on April 29 to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later. He played just two games for the A's, going a combined 0-for-4 with a walk and an error.
Washington Nationals 
Seattle Mariners 
With the Mariners, Langerhans had better results hitting curve balls and sliders than fastballs and changeups, causing some speculation that this skill set could be responsible for his tendency to play in a part-time role.
On December 14, 2010, the Mariners again re-signed Langerhans to a minor league contract.
Arizona Diamondbacks 
On July 29, 2011, Langerhans was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 
Langerhans signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on December 23, 2011. Ryan was recalled by the Angels on May 14, 2012 when Torii Hunter was placed on the restricted list. On May 20, Langerhans was removed from a game against the Padres when he injured his right shoulder after crashing into the left-field wall at San Diego's Petco Park. After coming off the 15-day disabled list, Langerhans was outrighted by the Angels. On October 6, 2012 Langerhans elected free agency.
Toronto Blue Jays 
Notable moments 
On August 25, 2009 Langerhans hit another game-winning home run against the Oakland Athletics off Craig Breslow on a two-ball two-strike pitch with one out and one runner on with the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth.
Personal life 
Langerhans and his wife, Shari, live in Round Rock, Texas, where he also graduated from high school. In high school Langerhans improved his baseball skills and participated in cross country. Langerhans won a Class 5A state championship with the Round Rock High School Dragons in 1997.
The Dragons were coached by his father John, a former standout baseball player for the University of Texas, where Ryan was signed to play before signing a professional contract. Ryan hit a tournament-record three triples in the state tournament semi-final against Corpus Christi Moody before earning the win as the pitcher in the championship game against traditional Texas powerhouse Lubbock Monterey, who was coached by Bobby Moegle, the winningest coach in United States high school baseball history.
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- Doug Miller (December 12, 2009). "Mariners opt to non-tender Langerhans". Major League Baseball. seattle.mariners.mlb.com. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
- Mariners sign Outfielder Ryan Langerhans to Major League Contract
- Jesus Colome added to team, Ryan Langerhans designated for assignment On November 3, Langerhans filed for free agency.
- Seattle Selects Contract of Mike Wilson, Designates Langerhans for Assignment
- Darius McClinton-Hunter Arrested: Torii Hunter Leaves Angels After Son's Arrest
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)