Ryan Boldt

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Ryan Boldt
Tampa Bay Rays
Born: (1994-11-22) November 22, 1994 (age 27)
Red Wing, Minnesota
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Ryan Andrew Boldt (born November 22, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He previously played college baseball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Amateur career[edit]

Boldt is naturally left-handed, but taught himself to throw with his right arm after having surgery to repair a broken radial head in his left elbow at the age of 10.[1] He attended Red Wing High School in Red Wing, Minnesota, where he played for the school's baseball team. He joined the varsity team in his sophomore season,[2] but required further surgeries on his arm. In the fall of 2012, Boldt was named the most valuable player of the Perfect Game High School All-American Classic,[3] and competed on the United States national baseball team in the 2012 18U Baseball World Championship, winning the gold medal.[1] He suffered a partial tear in the meniscus of his right knee in the first game of his senior season, causing him to miss the remainder of the year.[4][5][6] The Boston Red Sox selected him in the 22nd round, with the 653rd selection, of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[3] Though the Red Sox flew Boldt to Boston in an attempt to sign him,[7] Boldt opted not to sign, and instead enrolled at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to play college baseball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[4][8]

Boldt serves as the leadoff hitter for the Cornhuskers.[9] In 2015, his sophomore year, he was named to the All-Big Ten Conference's second team. After the 2015 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and was named a league all-star.[10][11] In 2016, Boldt was named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list, and ranked as one of the best prospects available in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.[9] However, he slumped in the 2016 season, batting .208 over his last 25 games.[12]

Professional career[edit]

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Boldt in the second round of the 2016 draft.[13] Boldt signed with the Rays,[14] and spent his first professional season with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League, where he posted a .218 batting average with one home run and 15 RBIs in 43 games.[15] Boldt spent 2017 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, batting .295 with five home runs and 62 RBIs in 120 games.[16] He began the 2018 season with the Montgomery Biscuits of the Class AA Southern League.[17]

Boldt missed the 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery,[18] and the minor league season was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, he began the season with the Durham Bulls.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Boldt has three older siblings.[1] His cousin, Pat Kelly, played some baseball for the Cornhuskers. [3][8]


  1. ^ a b c "Prep baseball: Red Wing's Ryan Boldt took right turn to baseball stardom". Twin Cities. April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Brett BoeseThe Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN (February 10, 2012). "Red Wing's Boldt chooses Nebraska, family". PostBulletin.com. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Chris Harrell. "UPDATE: Baseball: Red Wing's Boldt planning to attend college". Republican Eagle. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ryan Boldt gives Huskers jolt, just like Erstad used to do". The Big Story. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Brett Boese (May 8, 2013). "Knee injury ends Boldt's prep baseball career". PostBulletin.com. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "With A Healthy Knee, The Sky's The Limit For Ryan Boldt « WCCO – CBS Minnesota". June 7, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Brett Boese (July 2, 2013). "Boldt sticks with Huskers after Fenway tour". PostBulletin.com. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Ken Hambleton – Lincoln Journal Star (June 9, 2013). "Recruits Burkamper, Boldt choose Huskers over MLB Draft". JournalStar.com. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Husker leadoff hitter Ryan Boldt keeps an even keel, enjoys big season". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  10. ^ Hambleton, Ken (October 15, 2015). "Baseball: Boldt happy for the break". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "#19 Ryan Boldt - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  12. ^ "Attitude amid skid may serve Nebraska's Ryan Boldt well at the next level". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "Husker outfielder Ryan Boldt drafted by Tampa Bay Rays in second round". Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  14. ^ "For starters: Rays sign top 2 picks: Josh Lowe, Ryan Boldt, Geltz returns, lineups". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on June 19, 2016. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  15. ^ Hambleton, Ken (June 17, 2016). "Boldt ready for new path after officially joining Rays". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "Ryan Boldt Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  17. ^ "Boldt of speed: Biscuits win opener on late Biloxi error".
  18. ^ RotoWire Staff (May 22, 2019). "Rays' Ryan Boldt: Sidelined after Tommy John surgery". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Red Wing native lives out his dream with the Tampa Bay Rays".

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