Whole Lot of Ripken Going On, Baltimore Orioles Ink Ryan Ripken to Minor League Deal

While we here at Baby Birdland notice minor league deals all the time, most fans would not have a clue about a deal that is a Short-Season A Aberdeen Ironbirds minor league contract. That is until it involves a name in Baltimore Orioles' lore, as the O's signed Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., to a minor league, Aberdeen contract.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

Ryan, 23, was actually drafted by the Orioles in the 20th round back in 2012, but he elected not to sign and accepted a scholarship at the University of South Carolina.

Unfortunately for Ripken, he failed to make the Gamecocks roster as a freshman, so he elected to transfer to Indian River State in Florida.

After that, the Washington Nationals drafted Ripken in the 15th round in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Over three seasons in the Nationals' system, Ripken struggled a bit at the plate owning a .205 batting average with three home runs, 20 doubles, four triples, 48 RBI and 30 runs scored over 145 career minor league games.

He made it to Low-A Hagerstown for half of the 2016 season where he hit .190 with one homer, five doubles and 21 RBI in 43 games. Hagerstown plays in the South Atlantic League with the Delmarva Shorebirds.

Unlike Cal, or his uncle Billy, Ryan both hits and throws left-handed, and is not a middle infielder, he's a first baseman.

He did get his father's size though as he is listed at 6-foot-6, and weighs 205 pounds.

Regardless of what you think of Ryan as a player, it's indisputable that it's very cool for the Orioles to have signed Ryan and that he will get to play for the Ironbirds, which we all know is part of the Ripken complex there in Aberdeen.

Time will tell if he will find success in the organization that has such strong family ties, but I for one think this is a very cool event.


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  1. A Ripken playing at Ripken Stadium, who'd have thought?!


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