By Sonny Bursey
Lakeland, Florida ‑‑ Beaverton native Ryan Longstreth keeps rolling for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. In 10 appearances this season, Longstreth has pitched 21 innings and owns a fine 1.71 ERA ‑‑ only giving up four earned runs while striking out nine. Opposing teams are hitting a flimsy .192 against him.
The left hander last pitched on June 29th and has been used in short relief this season.
“We had wanted to stretch him out a bit (have him throw more innings per game) but he has been so effective in a specialty role … we may want to keep things like they have been. It’s not easy finding a left hander that can come in and throw strikes to record valuable outs when the game is on the line. That is exactly what Ryan has done for us,” said Lakeland manager Dave Huppert.
Former big leaguer and current Flying Tiger pitching coach Mike Maroth said, “By being a lefty myself ‑‑ I know that a solid lefthander like Longstreth can move up through the organization quickly. He comes to work everyday with a fearless, I‑can‑do attitude. He has great composure on the hill and his command has been really good. At this point … I guess the results speak for themselves. Ryan’s getting the job done,” Maroth said