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Pine Creek’s Ryan Warner enjoys strong second professional season

Published: October 1, 2013, 6:04 am, by Joe Paisley

Ryan Warner picPine Creek High School graduate Ryan Warner closed out his second season of professional baseball strong, judging from his statistics this season.

The 6-foot-7, 195-pounder moved up from the Grand Junction Rockies of the short-season Class A Pioneer League to the Class A Tri-City Devils of the Northwest League, a step upward in the Colorado Rockies organization.

After going 3-0 in 14 games (10 starts, 7.00 ERA) for Grand Junction last year, he spent the 2013 season with the Devils in Pasco, Wash., where he went 3-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 15 games.

He rebounded from a bad outing against Spokane when he lasted only three innings to record two no-decisions to conclude the season. He pitched well enough to win, allowing only five hits and four walks in a combined 12 innings.  With Tri-City this season, he held opposing batters to a .239 average and recorded 23 walks to 46 strikeouts.