Ryan Braun (braunry01)

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Ryan Zachary Braun

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A catcher and pitcher in high school, Ryan Braun was taken in the 23rd round of the 1998 amateur draft by the Anaheim Angels but did not sign. He was 3-3 with a save and a 3.76 ERA for Wake Forest University in 2000. In 2001, he went 4-2 with a 4.53 ERA for Wake Forest. He followed with a 2-2, 5.45 year. After transferring to UNLV, he was 5-3 with a 3.44 ERA and seven saves in 2003, tying for the Mountain West Conference lead in saves and making the All-Conference team as the relief pitcher. The Kansas City Royals took the hard-throwing right-hander in the sixth round of the 2003 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Mike Brown for $1,000 and made his pro debut that summer.

Braun began his professional career with the AZL Royals, notching a team-high three saves in 18 appearances, striking out 25 in 21 1/3 IP and allowing 15 hits. He had no decisions and a 2.95 ERA. The next year, he moved on to the Wilmington Blue Rocks and was 2-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 24 saves. He was second in the Carolina League in saves, a distant 14 behind Dwayne Pollok. Braun was limited to 8 games due to a shoulder injury in 2005 - he was 1-0, 4.50 for the High Desert Mavericks and 0-1, 17.36 for the Wichita Wranglers.

In 2006, Braun went 1-6 with a 2.21 ERA and 10 saves in 26 tries for Wichita and 0-2 with three saves and a 2.16 ERA for the Omaha Royals for an overall line of 1-8, 2.19 with 80 K in 65 2/3 IP. Kansas City called him up in September, when he went 0-1, 6.75 in 9 appearances out of the bullpen. He was back with the Royals for 26 games in 2007, but was again hit hard, going 2-0 but with a 6.64 ERA. In 39 1/3 innings, he allowed loads of traffic on the basepaths, surrendering 46 hits and 22 walks while striking out 24.

Sources: 1999-2006 Baseball Almanacs, Thebaseballcube.com, Minorleaguebaseball.com

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