18 - Sam Ryan
Sam Ryan
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lake Elmo, Minn.
High School: University of Minnesota
Position: Utility
Bats/Throws: R/R

Prior to Southern - Ryan transfers to Southern from the University of Minnesota ... Ryan was drafted in the 35th round by the Minnesota Twins out of high school as a catcher, but was used primarily in the infield at Minnesota and can play both corner outfield positions, as well ... He hit .296 as a true freshman for the Gophers, but an injury ended his sophomore season ... In 2011 as a redshirt sophomore, Ryan played in 17 games with six starts and hit .214 ... A native of Lake Elmo, Minn., Ryan was a highly decorated athlete in three different sports, lettering four times and starting all four years in football, basketball and baseball for the Titans. He was an All-Conference selection three times in baseball, twice in football and three times in basketball, while being named All-State in baseball and basketball twice each. He was a Sporting News All-American in 2008. As a senior, Ryan batted .487 and led the state of Minnesota in home runs. He helped his baseball team at Lake Elmo to a conference championship in 2008, while helping the basketball team to two conference titles. He also holds the distinction of being only the third freshman all-time to start on the varsity basketball team at his school. 

Personal - A history major at Southern, Ryan is the son of Peter and Kathleen Ryan ... Ryan's brother Max plays baseball at Minnesota-Duluth, while his other brother Zack played basketball at Wisconsin-Eau Claire ... His father, Peter, played basketball at the Naval Academy.