Ryan Turner

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Ryan Turner

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 200 lb.

Outfielder Ryan Turner made his professional baseball debut in 1991 with the independent Bend Bucks. Facing prospects from affiliated teams in the short-season class A Northwest League, Turner hit .315/~.396/.427 and finished fifth in the NWL in average.

Turner entered the history books after the season when he signed with the Colorado Rockies, becoming the first player the club ever inked to a deal. The Rockies did not yet have their own full-season class A team, so he was one of six Rockies prospects who played for the Visalia Oaks, the top class A team of the Minnesota Twins. Turner hit .266/~.344/.400 in the regular season and in the post-season, hit a grand slam in the clincher of the first playoff round, but the Oaks fell in the finals.

In 1993 Turner was assigned to the Central Valley Rockies and batted .294/~.384/.445; he hit about as well as his two outfield mates, both of whom made the majors - Quinton McCracken and Angel Echevarria.

Ryan's career ended in 1994 with the New Haven Ravens. Playing for Colorado's first AA farm club, he only managed a .195/~.261/.285 and fielded .954.

He is currently employed at Lighthouse Capital Partners in California as of 2006.