• Full name Ryan Dean Budde
  • Born 08/15/1979 in Midwest City, OK
  • Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 210 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Oklahoma State
  • Debut 07/31/2007
  • Drafted in the 12th round (359th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels in 2001.
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    Scouting directors voted Budde as the catcher on Baseball America's preseason All-America first team, though they wanted him to prove that he could hit. He hit just .275 and .291 in his first two years at Oklahoma State, and dipped to .172 when using a wood bat with Team USA last summer. Budde didn't prove anything, batting .209 in 14 games before rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in March. Some scouts still think he's the best college catcher available, while others think he needs to come back next year and answer the questions about his bat. His defense isn't challenged. He's an athletic receiver with a strong arm. He threw out four of 10 basestealers before getting hurt.

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