Ryan Stewart Theriot is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who plays as an infielder. Ryan passed out of the Broadmoor High School where he was an integral part of the baseball team. He went onto play for Louisiana State University and in 2000, was named to the College World Series all-Tournament team. Theriot mainly played as a shortstop in his college days but decided to convert to a second baseman for his Major League Baseball debut.
An extremely versatile player, Theriot has played in almost all positions in the outfield as well as at third base.
In 2005, Theriot was picked up by the Chicago Cubs in the MLB Draft and made his debut in the same year. He came on as a pinch hitter against the Cincinnati Reds but only got his first hit the following day. He didn’t play much in the MLB team roster in 2005 and in 2006, split his playing time between the Iowa Cubs and the MLB unit. Theriot batted at .328 for the junior level cubs throughout 2006.
The following year, Theriot was included in the roster and was named as the Cubs’ utility player. With Cesar Izturis struggling in the early part of the season, Theriot saw more time on the field and in July, Izturis’ trade led to Theriot getting a regular spot on the roster as the shortstop.
Defensively, Theriot played at a number of positions and batted all over the order.