Monday, June 23, 2014
2014 graduate Ryan Brasser has signed a professional contract with the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League. The lefty went 23-9 during his career earning All-GPAC honors for four years.
During his freshman campaign, Brasser started five games and appeared in nine games earning a 4-2 record with a 3.50 ERA and a save. Brasser was an All-GPAC honorable mention that season.
During his sophomore season, Brasser started nine games appeared in 12 and went 7-3 with a 3.60 ERA earning All-GPAC honorable mention honors for the second consecutive season.
As a junior, Brasser went 6-2 in ten starts. He finished with a 4.07 ERA and was named an All-GPAC second team pitcher.
Brasser's best season came as a senior; he finished with a 6-2 record in 11 starts and had a career best 2.02 ERA. Brasser was named an All-GPAC second team pitcher for the second consecutive season.
Also during his career, Brasser twice earned NAIA Scholar Athlete honors and was a NAIA Champion of Character Award winner.
"Ryan has been working for this since the first day he stepped on our campus," said head coach Brian Wede. "I am extremely happy for him, there isn't a player on our team that has worked harder than Ryan to earn this opportunity. Ryan's desire and work ethic have helped him achieve a lot of awesome things on the field and off the field but I know this was one of his biggest goals, so to see it come to fruition really speaks highly of how he has worked."
Brasser's best starts during his career came when the Red Raiders needed it most. This season following a late inning loss to Midland, Brasser went eight shutout innings and had a career high nine strikeouts as the Raiders defeated the Warriors to preserve the split. Brasser also threw a nine inning complete game shutout in the second round of the GPAC tournament following a first round loss, the nine-inning shutout was Brasser's first nine inning outing and third shutout of his career.
Brasser joins Mihai Burlea, Brad Payne, and Mike Zoellner as former Raiders under coach Wede to play professionally.