Wildcats Welcome Volunteers in Series Opener at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday at The Cliff
Outlook Will have the ability to be an instant impact freshman on the mound for the Wildcats ... Is highly polished, reminds the UK coaching staff of current Chicago Cubs southpaw Chris Rusin ... Has an advanced feel for the game and has a great feel to pitch ... Was named Kentucky Mr. Baseball and Gatorade Player of the Year at Bryan Station ... Will be an instant contributor and with injuries to UK lefties Sam Mahar and Chase Mullins can have a huge impact on the UK bullpen ... Is one of six natives of Lexington on the UK roster.
High School One of the top prospects in the nation, named the Kentucky High School Mr. Baseball and Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year ... Went 10-1 in 2012 with a 0.59 ERA, striking out 105 in 71 innings ... In his career, owned a 23-5 record with four saves and a 1.47 ERA ... At the plate, hit .363 with 11 doubles, five triples, three homers and 24 steals, sporting a .570 on-base mark in 2012 ... Joined former UK infielder and former MLB standout Doug Flynn as the only players to have their Bryan Station jersey retired ... Earned six letters under coach Eddie Brooks, a former UK player ... "Ryne is a big game player," Brooks said. "When he's on the mound he takes control of a game. He has earned the respect of his teammates on and off the field. He's the kind of player who makes you look like a really great coach. He's a special, once-in-a-lifetime player. And he's a quality young man on and off the field." ... Played basketball his sophomore year.
Personal Full name is Michael Ryne Combs ... Born March 14, 1994 in Lexington, Ky. ... Son of David Combs and Susan Redmon ... Clay (14) is only sibling ... Sported a 3.83 GPA in high school.