Ryan Warner bio
Player: Ryan Warner
Jersey Number: 36
School: Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs
Hometown: Colorado Springs
Height, Weight: 6-7, 185
Best Baseball Memory: This year’s draft, sitting with family and waiting for my name to come up.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Getting drafted.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Randy Johnson — dominating pitcher and tall like me.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: Dad — always pushed me.
Favorite Food: Crab.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Subway.
Off-field hobbies: Like to eat.
Favorite Movie or Book: “For Love of the Game.”
The Rockies’ third-round pick, fifth overall, played quarterback at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs and had signed a letter of intent to attend North Carolina State on a baseball scholarship.
Instead, the first high school player selected from Colorado in the 2012 draft became a Grand Junction Rockie, a five-hour drive from home.
“It’s nice to have a place close to home; my parents will be able to come out and see me and everything,” Warner said. “I have a lot of friends coming out for opening day.”
Warner was 7-1 this spring with a 2.18 ERA in 51 innings. He had 89 strikeouts to 16 walks for Pine Creek, which reached the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state playoffs.
Now, he said, he has to add some weight.
“I know I’ll be on a big nutrition plan,” Warner said.
That may mean lots of heavy lifting and protein shakes, he said.
But first things first: Warner is playing in a town that has some of the outdoors qualities of his hometown.
“It’s a little smaller, but still real nice,” Warner said. “And I know I’ll be able to find something to do around here. But I know I’ll be busy playing ball.”
The righty said his fastball is clocked between 90 and 92 mph.
His curveball is his “out” pitch.
In high school, he hit .493 with six home runs and 31 RBI and was named Gatorade’s Colorado Baseball Player of the Year.
“I’ve got a nice downhill plane on my pitches,” Warner said, “and I try to hit my spots and keep them guessing with off-speed pitches.”