More than just a LOOGY, from his minor league statistics and brief major league work. The White Sox took Ring, a San Diego State reliever, in the first round of the 2002 draft, the 18th pick overall. (23rd: Francoeur. 24th: Joe Blanton. 25th: Matt Cain. Oops!) I’ll admit that I have no idea what the White Sox were doing, as they kept him in the pen but assigned him to high-A ball, where he pitched well. He was in AA Birmingham in 2003, and again pitched well, when he was traded to the Mets at the deadline as part of the package for Roberto Alomar. (Oops!)
He continued to pitch well in the minors, and earned a callup in 2005, but battled control problems and didn’t pitch well. He spent 2006 doing well in Norfolk and occasionally getting in a game with the big club, where he had a strong ERA but iffy peripherals. The Mets traded him to the Padres, along with Heath Bell, for another reliever, Jon Atkins, and backup outfielder Ben Johnson.
Ring tore up Portland and got into fifteen games for San Diego, putting up his usual strong numbers. Traded for Will Startup and Fredo Ledezma, he didn’t do well in Richmond but came up in September anyway, and didn’t allow a run in five innings, eleven appearances.
In 272 career minor league innings, Ring has struck out 262 and walked 105, and allowed 21 homers. These are pretty strong numbers. His ERA is 3.06. I don’t think he’s closer material, but he could fit into a rotation as a 7th/8th inning man. I’d rather have him than Ohman, that’s for sure. Out of options, and will definitely be picked up if the Braves tried to waive him.