Former Vienna Senator and Southern Miss pitcher Ryan Belanger has agreed to terms on a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals, on Wednesday, and will report to Arizona on Friday to begin his professional career. Belanger Finished 8-4 with a 2.54 ERA this past season and struck out 86 batters.
Belanger, who will sign his contract on Friday in Arizona , has been a two-year member of the Golden Eagle pitching staff and was the team's No. 1 starter this past season. He made 17 appearances, 16 starts and finished with an 8-4 record with a 2.54 ERA in 106.1 innings pitched. He had a team-high 86 strikeouts, walked a team-low 18 batters and opponents hit .243 against him.
A second-team All-Conference USA selection and an NCAA Oxford Regional All-Tournament honoree, Belanger finished with seven or more strikeouts five times this season and was awarded the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's National Pitcher of the Week for his performance at Houston . He threw a complete-game four hitter, walking one and striking out eight batters. He only allowed two runners to reach second base in the game.
In Conference USA rankings, he tied for No. 1 in batters struck out looking, No. 2 in earned run average, tied for No. 4 in win and batters struck out and was No. 10 in opposing batting average.
Ryan was named to the CGL All League Team in 2004, and he is the only 2 time pitcher in the NBC World Series for the Senators (2004, 2006).
Former Vienna Senator and Oklahoma pitcher/outfielder Joe Hughes has agreed to terms on a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals, on Tuesday and will report to Idaho Falls on Friday to begin his professional career. Hughes Finished 6-3 with a 5.32 ERA this past season and struck out 48 batters in 66 innings pitched. Joe also hit .333 with 2HR and 22RBI while playing 43 games mostly in centerfield.
Hughes has been a two-year member of the Sooner pitching staff and was the team's No. 2 starter this past season. He made 16 appearances, 12 starts and finished with an 6-3 record with a 5.32 ERA in 66 innings pitched. He 66 strikeouts, walked 18 batters and opponents hit .312 against him.
A Big 12 All Conference selection and an Big 12 All-Tournament honoree, Hughes also made contributions at the plate pulling double duty as OU's Centerfielder. Joe batted .333 and had an OBA of .395, he also scored 26 runs and had 3 double and a triple.
Joe was also an All-Big 12 Academic Honor Roll Athlete.
Joe was a member of the Pennant winning 2005 Vienna Senators.
******** With the Royals signing of Ryan and Joe, the total of current and former Senators to enter Professional baseball in 2007 raises to 11.