O'Rourke with the Minnesota Twins in 2015
|Born: April 30, 1988|
|July 7, 2015, for the Minnesota Twins|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Earned run average||4.84|
Ryan Patrick O'Rourke (born April 30, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets.
O'Rourke was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts and attended St. John's High School in Shrewsbury where he played on the baseball team. He graduated in 2006. His brother Colin was an All-American lacrosse player for St. John's and played lacrosse for Wagner College. After high school, he attended Merrimack College. Where he broke all of the schools pitching records. During the summer of 2008 O'Rourke played for the Brockport Riverbats in the NYCBL. His 6-1 record helped lead the Riverbats to the league championship.
O'Rourke was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 13th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of Merrimack College. O'Rourke was called up to the majors for the first time on July 7, 2015, and made his major league debut that day in a win over the Baltimore Orioles. After numerous callups, he finished with a 6.14 ERA in 28 games, giving up 15 walks in 22 innings, for the Twins.
He was outrighted to AAA on November 6, 2017. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.
On November 16, 2017, O'Rourke signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.
New York Mets
On November 15, 2018, O’Rourke signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets and was invited to spring training. O’Rourke has his contract selected to the major leagues on May 1, 2019. On June 26, he was designated for assignment.
Minnesota Twins (second stint)
In 2019, O'Rourke became a citizen of Ireland via his grandparents. In July 2019, he pitched for the Irish national baseball team during the qualifiers for the 2019 European Baseball Championship.
- ‘A total culture shock’
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