July 24, 1979 |
|April 4, 2005 for the Colorado Rockies|
Last MLB appearance
|April 19, 2009 for the Colorado Rockies|
|Earned run average||3.99|
Ryan Andrew Speier (born July 24, 1979, in Frankfort, Kentucky) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who last played for the independent Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2012. He played with the Rockies for his entire Major League career, from 2005 when he was called up to July 24, 2009 when he was designated for assignment.
Speier currently holds the single season saves record in the Cape Cod Baseball League  with which he set in 2001 while playing for the Bourne Braves and not giving up an earned run  in the process. Speier is a former Minor League Rolaids Relief Award winner (2004) and also currently holds the single season saves record for the Texas League (AA) with 37. He was drafted and remained in the Colorado Rockies organization until the 2010 season which explains why his numbers on the road are significantly better than at home during that time period. Speier sports a 3.22 ERA and 1.212 WHIP  away from Coors Field and is praised for his ability to keep the ball in the ball park by only allowing four home runs in 991⁄3 innings . He is also a significantly more productive second half pitcher with a 2.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP  during his career with the Colorado Rockies.
On December 11, 2009, Speier signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.
On February 16, 2011, he signed with Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.
On November 16, 2013, he was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame.
- "Rockies send Speier out". Inside The Rockies. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- player profile on Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles official website