Ryan Michael Bollinger
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 5", Weight 230 lb.
- High School Minot High School
Pitcher Ryan Bollinger began his professional career in the independent leagues, playing for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League in 2010, where he pitched 5 scoreless innings in 6 games. From 2011 to 2013, he pitched in the Chicago White Sox organization, lining up in successive years with the Bristol White Sox, Great Falls Voyagers and Kannapolis Intimidators. He was a combined 9-6 over those three seasons.
Let go by the Sox, he returned to the indy leagues in 2014, now with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association, going 1-0, 9.00 in 7 games. He then moved to the Trois-Rivières Aigles of the Can-Am Association, where he was 4-7, 4.73 and finished the year back in the American Association with the Winnipeg Goldeyes. He then pitched for Trois-Rivières the next two seasons, having his best year to date in 2015 when he was 11-7, 3.68.
He dazzled in Germany in 2017 for the München-Haar Disciples, going 10-1 with a save, .76 ERA and 178 K in 106 IP. He led the southern Bundesliga-1 in ERA by .85 ahead of Gianfranco Rizzo, strikeouts (a whopping 83 ahead of Clayton Freimuth), wins (1 ahead of Tim Stahlmann) to complete a pitching Triple Crown, IP (17 1/3 ahead of #2 Stahlmann), K/BB ratio, WHIP (0.59, .029 ahead of #2 Rizzo) and opponent OPS (359, 124 ahead of #2 Freimuth). He was an easy pick for the Best Pitcher award.
In 2017-2018, he was with the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League, where he was 5-1, 3.48. He tied Josh Tols for the strikeout lead and five other hurlers for the win lead; he was also 3rd in ERA. He was roughed up in the finals, but Brisbane still won the title.
His dominance in Germany managed to catch the eyes of the New York Yankees and he split 2018 between the AA Trenton Thunder and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He was 8-6, 3.87 between the two stops, working exclusively as a starter. Twice during that season he was called up to the major league Yankees, but both times he was sent back down without getting into a game, making him a phantom major leaguer.
Following the 2018 season Bollinger signed with the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. After starting the 2019 season with Fubon's farm team, Ryan was promoted to the parent club long with Elih Villanueva, replacing the recently bought-out Henry Sosa and released Alex Liddi. Bollinger ultimately ended up making 19 starts with Fubon, posting a 4.31 ERA.