Former Merrimack College pitcher Ryan O’Rourke is playing winter ball for Zulia in Venezuela.
A strong left-handed reliever in the Minnesota Twins organization, O’Rourke spent much of this past season with Double-A New Britain, but was promoted to Triple-A Rochester before the end of the season. Doug Mientkiewicz, who is in the running to be the Twins new major league manager, predicted to the Minnesota Star Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal III during spring training that he’s going to be a “good major league reliever because he has the bulldog mentality and can strike batters out.”
O’Rourke was dominant against left-handed hitters in Double-A this season, allowing just a .103 batting average against. He faced 72 lefties over the course of the season, and struck out 41 of them. Once promoted to Triple-A, he struck out one of the two left-handed hitters he faced.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN