Created: 07/29/2014 10:44 PM KAALtv.com
"What separates Ryan from the other players in the league is the experience he's had in his young career already," said Honkers Manager Matt Bowman.
Experiences that would have prepared him for professional baseball.
Ryan led Team USA's Under-18 team to a world championship in Seoul, South Korea and was named MVP of the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic.
"I feel like I would have been prepared. It would have definitely been a different kind of ball game than I am used to," said Rochester outfielder Ryan Boldt.
"He was the top and best draft pick coming out of Minnesota since Joe Mauer. He was definitely ready for pro ball," said Bowman.
But In his first game of his senior season, Ryan tore his meniscus sliding into 3rd and suddenly went from a projected first round draft pick to being drafted in the 22nd round.
"Right away I didn't know what to think. I was more worried about my health than anything, if I was going to be able to get back to where I was before the injury," said Boldt.
So when the time came, the decision to attend the University of Nebraska instead of going pro was easy.
"In the back of my mind I wanted to go to school from the beginning so this kind of helped me out in my decision." said Boldt.
And with college came experiences that continued to prepare Ryan for the next level.
"You see his numbers last year, he definitely took it and rolled with it and succeeded as a freshman All-American which was a very difficult thing for true freshman to do in a conference like that," said Bowman.
Another experience in particular--the daily grind of life in the Northwood's League.
"It gets you playing every day that's for sure. It's a grind kind of like the minor leagues so it's getting me ready for that," said Boldt.
When Ryan looks back at the past year, he could easily dwell on what could have been. Instead, he looks forward.
"There's definitely a silver lining; playing in the Northwood's here, just getting to play every day and seeing what that's like and having a year of experience at Nebraska. Being in the classroom and having to deal with a lot of different things on and off the field and grow as a person, it's definitely been a good year for me and hopefully i just continue to grow," said Boldt.