10th Dragons Player in the Majors: Ryan Snare
was drafted by the Reds in the second round in 2000 out of the University of North Carolina
Snare had a great 2000 season at the University of North Carolina, going 10-1, and signed with the Reds.
professional debut came with the Dragons on Opening Night in 2001 when he
beat Fort Wayne with five shutout innings and 10 strikeouts.
was strong all season long for a Dragons team that went 82-57.
That was the Dragons club that featured Smitherman, Wily Mo Pena, Samone Peters, and set a franchise record for home runs that still stands.
Three of the five Dragons starting pitchers off that team also got to the Major Leagues
, including Snare
, Josh Hall, and Dustin Moseley.
finished the year in Dayton with a 9-5 record and a 3.05 earned run average.
struck out 118 batters in 115 innings, certainly good enough to move up to Stockton in the California League
the next season, which would turn out to be an interesting year for Snare
After 13 starts in the California League
That got him moved up at mid-season to Double-A Chatanooga, and he
was showing good progress for a player with only one and one-half years of professional experience.
But two weeks after arriving in Chattanooga, Snare's career took a turn.
walked into the clubhouse one day and noticed on the locker room television tuned to ESPN that the Reds
had made a trade.
thoughts in a story in the St. Petersburg Times
"Hey, that's kind of cool," he
"Then it says who they traded for and one of the names is left-handed pitcher Ryan Snare.
That looked like my name but it didn't seem real.
I asked the guy next to me, 'was that my name?'
Snare had been dealt to the Marlins along with Major League outfielder Juan Encarnacion and utility man Wilton Guerrero for Dempster, who was just 25 years old at the time and appeared to be a big pickup for the Reds.
pitched well enough the rest of that season to be rated as the 11th best prospect in the Marlins organization heading into 2003.
It was positive recognition for Snare
in a Marlins farm system that was loaded with prospects like Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, and Dontrelle Willis.
Baseball America named Snare
as the "Pitcher with the best Curveball" in the entire farm system and described him as having "an aggressive nature and an intense personality."
pitched well in 2003 but on July 11th, exactly one year to the day after he
was traded by the Reds
, lightning struck again.
was dealt to Texas as part of a package for all-star reliever Ugueth Urbina.
must have been doing something right.
Twice in 366 days, a big league club had traded for him as part of the deal for an established Major Leaguer.
went to Triple-A after the trade and returned to Oklahoma City again in 2004.
In late April that season, after just two starts in the minors, the Rangers promoted Snare
to the big leagues.
Like any Minor League player, he
"It's something I've waited for my entire life and it finally came," Snare said in a story on MLB.com.
Unfortunately, five days later, without ever getting to throw a pitch in a game, he
was sent back to Triple-A.
In early August, he
was rewarded for his
efforts with another promotion to the Rangers.
This time, he
did see game action.
On August 6, Snare
only career Major League appearance, a relief outing at Baltimore.
allowed five runs in three and one-third innings and was sent back down.
finished the year with a strong 11-6 record in Triple-A.
Snare struggled in the minors in 2005, was released by the Rangers at mid-season, and signed by the Padres.
In 2006, he
made seven starts in Double-A in the Kansas City Royals system, struggling again, and his
career was over at the age of 27.
Ryan Snare has since moved into a successful career in sales and currently works in Telecommunications with Comcast in the Atlanta area.
was the 10th Dayton Dragons player to reach the Major Leagues
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