Ryan Bollinger

Pitcher Fubon Guardians Apple Valley, California

Ryan Bollinger
Ryan Bollinger in 2018 Yankees Organization.jpg
Bollinger pitching for 2018 Yankees organization
Free agent
Born: (1991-02-04) February 4, 1991 (age 29)
Apple Valley, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Ryan Michael Bollinger (born February 4, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously played for the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). In 2018, he was promoted to the major leagues by the New York Yankees, but he did not appear in a game.


Born in Apple Valley, California,[1] Bollinger attended Minot High School in Minot, North Dakota, where he played for the baseball team. He committed to attend Iowa Western Community College to play college baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies selected Bollinger in the 47th round, with the 1,247th overall selection, of the 2009 MLB draft as a first baseman, and he signed rather than enroll in college.[2] The Phillies released him,[3] and he played for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league, in 2010 as a pitcher. The Chicago White Sox purchased his contract after the 2010 season,[4] and he pitched in the White Sox organization for the 2011 through 2013 seasons.[5]

In 2014, Bollinger pitched for the St. Paul Saints and the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He pitched for the Trois-Rivières Aigles of the independent Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball in 2015 and 2016.[6] In 2017, Bollinger played in Bundesliga in Germany for the Haar Disciples.[5] He also pitched for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League during the 2017–18 season.[6] He returned to the Bandits for the 2018–19 season.

The Yankees signed Bollinger to a minor league contract before the 2018 season.[5][6] He began the 2018 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League, where he pitched in two games, and then pitched for the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League. The Yankees promoted Bollinger to the major leagues on May 23,[7] and optioned him back to Trenton the next day, without Bollinger making his major league debut.[8] He was outrighted to Trenton on May 27,[9] removing him from the Yankees' 40-man roster. He was then added to the 25-man roster on July 31.[10] He optioned to Trenton on August 1,[11] and designated for assignment on September 1.[12] He returned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.[13] Bollinger declared free agency on October 8, 2018.

On November 26, 2018, Bollinger signed a minor-league contract with the San Diego Padres that included an invitation to spring training.[14] He was released on March 27, 2019.

On June 5, 2019, Bollinger signed with the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.[15] He re-signed with the team for the 2020 season.[16] Bollinger was released on August 6, 2020.

See also


  1. ^ Carig, Marc (May 24, 2018). "Four countries, three continents, one dream. On the arrival (and departure) of the unlikeliest Yankee, Ryan Bollinger". The Athletic. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Minot's Bollinger signs with Phillies". Jamestown Sun. August 4, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Success abroad brings Thunder's Ryan Bollinger back to affiliated baseball". Trentonian.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Chicago White Sox sign ThunderBolts pitcher" (Press release). Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Ryan Bollinger signs with New York Yankees – Australian Baseball League, News – German Baseball Leagues". Mister-baseball.com. December 21, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Miller, Sean. "Thunder pitcher Ryan Bollinger returns to America after world travels". NJ.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Hoch, Bryan (May 23, 2018). "Germany, Australia ... now Yanks for Bollinger: Wide-traveling left-hander joins club vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park". MLB.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Franko, Kyle (May 29, 2018). "Ryan Bollinger still relishing unexpected call to Yankees". The Trentonian. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Yankees Roster & Staff – Transactions". MLB.com. May 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Twitter". Mobile.twitter.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  11. ^ RotoWire Staff (August 1, 2018). "Yankees' Ryan Bollinger: Returns to Double-A". CBSSports.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  12. ^ Press, Associated (September 1, 2018). "Yankees trade for Adeiny Hechavarria at very last minute". Nypost.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Sutton, Bob (September 14, 2018). "Bollinger keeps RailRiders alive". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.rds.ca/baseball/can-am/baseball-l-ancien-des-aigles-ryan-bollinger-s-entend-avec-les-padres-de-san-diego-1.6472274
  15. ^ "Ryan Bollinger, Elih Villanueva Call up to First Team". June 5, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "Fubon Guardians Re-Sign Ryan Bollinger for 2020 season". January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2020.