Ryan Vogelsong






Ryan Vogelsong is one of the pleasant surprises of the 2011 major league season, helping to lead the Giants to a contending position in the National League West.

Ryan was selected in the 5th round of the 1998 Draft. Ryanís first year was at Salem Keizer and he had a 6-1 record (1.77 ERA) before being promoted to San Jose.

Ryan then was on a journey through the minor league system with a few stints in the majors:

    1999 in San Jose and Shreveport

    2000 In Shreveport, Giants for 4 games

    2001 in Fresno and Nashville, Giants and Pirates

    2002 in Lynchburg and Altoona

    2003 in Nashville, Pirates

    2004 Pirates

    2005 Pirates

    2006 Pirates

    2006 in Indianapolis

    2007, 2008, and 2009 in Japan

    2010 in Salt Lake City and Lehigh Valley

    2011 in Fresno

Ryanís minor league record was 55-64 with a 4.06 ERA. Prior to 2011, Ryanís major league record was 10-22 with an ERA above 4.00.

Not exactly a promising prospect. But on August 5, 2011, Ryan had a 9-1 record with a 2.19 ERA.

An outstanding performance fueled by Perseverance and Determination.

Ryanís Minor League Baseball cards include:

    1998 Salem-Keizer (pictured)

    1999 San Jose (pictured)

    2000 Shreveport

    2001 Fresno

    2003 Nashville

    2003 Pacific Coast League Top Prospect

    2010 Lehigh Valley (pictured)

Now that Ryan is a leader on the Giantís pitching staff (along with Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum), he has the prospect of being a long term contributor. An investment in his Minor League Baseball Cards might be wise.

In addition, Ryan has cards in the 2000 and 2001 Bowman Draft Picks sets that are proving to be highly sought after cards.