Ryal with the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2013
|Left fielder / First baseman|
March 16, 1983 |
Ponca City, Oklahoma
|August 10, 2009, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 2010, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Runs batted in||20|
Rusty Allen Ryal (born March 16, 1983) is an American former professional baseball utility man. He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 14th round of the 2005 MLB Draft, out of Oklahoma State University. He is the son of the former major league player, Mark Ryal.
Ryal attended to Perry High School in Perry, Oklahoma. Ryal played two seasons at Cowley County Community College and was a NJCAA second team All-American in 2003 and a two-time All-Jayhawk selection. He Played for the El Dorado Broncos.
Minor League career
Major League Baseball
On August 10, 2009, Ryal was called up from the minors after the Diamondbacks demoted center fielder Chris Young to Triple-A Reno. In his first major league at bat, Ryal got a pinch hit single off of Elmer Dessens in the 8th inning against New York Mets. Ryal was 1 for 1 on the night. Ryal hit his first big league home run against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Randy Wolf. He hit the last home run ever hit against Randy Johnson on September 22, 2009 in the bottom of the 7th inning.
On July 25, 2012, Ryal was released by the Diamondbacks to make room for the newly acquired Tyler Bortnick. Ryal then signed with the Atlanta Braves on July 27 and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, the Gwinnett Braves.
In December 2012, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was assigned to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. He played in 106 games and hit .265, while spending the majority of his time at first base.
On June 4, 2014, Ryal signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, and was released from the team's Triple-A affiliate on July 17, 2014.