It seems like Arizona State pitcher Ryan Kellogg went from freshmen to phenom overnight. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound left-hander has already made a name for himself in the talented Sun Devil pitching lineup.
A native of Whitby, Ontario, Canada, Kellogg is no stranger to the spotlight. He played for the Canadian Junior National Team and was selected in the 12th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays before committing to ASU.
Kellogg’s most memorable moment in sports thus far was pitching against Team USA in Korea, where he threw 8 2/3 innings to lead Canada to a 1-0 win in extra innings.
“We had to learn about playing out of our element and facing guys at a higher level than you (while on the Canadian National Team),” said Kellogg, a product of Henry Street High School. “That and hearing crazy fans like we did when we were in Korea has helped with the transition to college.”
A mechanical engineering major at Arizona State, Kellogg made his Sun Devil debut on Feb. 15, picking up a 15-7 win over Bethune-Cookman at home in Tempe. He relieved starter Adam McCreery by pitching four innings of shutout baseball. “I wasn’t expecting that all,” said Kellogg after his initial action. “Nerves were definitely going, shaking a little bit out there but once you get the first out out of the way you start to settle down a little bit.”
Most recently, Kellogg pitched ASU to a 4-1 victory over Washington State at Packard Stadium last Saturday night. He did not allow a hit after the third inning en route to his fourth victory of the season. Kellogg struck out two and walked three in seven innings, and retired 10 of 11 batters in the middle innings to secure the Sun Devils’ first conference win of the season.