Former ROCORI Spartans multi-sport athlete Ryan Hennen has signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals organization. Hennen, who graduated from ROCORI in 2016, most recently played for the Washington (PA) Wild Things of the independent Frontier League.

Hennen was the league's Pitcher and Rookie of the Year in 2021. He posted an 11-3 record with a league-best 2.12 earned run average over 106.1 innings of work.

At ROCORI, Hennen earned three letters and was named All-Conference twice. Hennen posted a 6-1 record with a microscopic 1.20 ERA during his senior season.

He went on to play at Century College where he was named 2017 NJCAA Pitcher of the Year. The 6' tall lefthander then went on to play at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro before joining the Wild Things.

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“It’s about time! [We] couldn’t be happier that Ryan is finally getting this opportunity. No doubt it is well deserved,” said Wild Things manager Tom Vaeth on the team's website. “That kid came in here, worked his butt off and had a monster year for us. It’s great, not only for our organization, our clubhouse and our fans, but also for the league when the reigning pitcher and rookie of the year is recognized for his accomplishments by getting a chance to further his career with an MLB organization.”

“I just want to say thank you to everyone involved with the Wild Things’ organization, from the front office and coaches to my teammates,” said Hennen on the website. “I’m thankful and beyond excited to be joining the Kansas City Royals organization.”

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