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Ryan Wing signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters for 2009 after reaching AAA in the US. His father Harry Wing spent one year in the minors.

Wing was 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA in junior college in 2001, allowing 71 hits and fanning 113 in 113 innings. The Chicago White Sox took him in the 2nd round of the 2001 amateur draft, one spot ahead of Dan Haren. He was signed by scout Joe Butler for a $575,000 bonus. Ryan made one appearance that year, going 1-0 for the Bristol Sox and allowing one run in one inning.

In 2002, the southpaw went 12-7 with a 3.78 ERA for the Kannapolis Intimidators. He led all White Sox minor leaguers in victories. Baseball America named him as the #14 Sox prospect entering 2003. He raised his stock by going 9-7 with a 2.98 ERA for the Winston-Salem Warthogs, allowing a .227 average. He was 7th in the Carolina League in ERA. Baseball America' named him the #13 prospect in the league, right behind Ryan Doumit.

The Corona native was ranked the #5 Sox prospect by Baseball America going into 2004, but tendonitis kept him out all year. He was waived and picked up by the Texas Rangers but started 2005 off just 2-5 with a 6.93 ERA for the Bakersfield Blaze. Texas waived him and the Sox claimed him back; he had a 0-4, 8.69 record for the Warthogs, allowing a .321 average.

Wing had surgery on his left elbow after the horrible 2005 comeback and missed most of 2006, appearing in only 7 games (1 start). In 2007, he bounced back, going 6-6 with a 3.24 ERA for the Birmingham Barons, allowing a .211 average. He finished 5th in the Southern League in ERA (between Gio Gonzalez and Lindsay Gulin) and had the lowest opponent average i nthe circuit).

Ryan signed with the Oakland Athletics for 2008 and spent all year in the bullpen for the Sacramento River Cats. He was 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 47 outings. Following the season, he signed with Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters. Wing was injured before the 2009 campaign began and never recovered, not making it into a game for the Fighters.

Retiring as a player after the injury, Wing returned to Riverside Community College as a pitching coach while pursuing a degree in special education.

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