Ryan Bolden dies after being shot and killed in Georgia on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old, who is a former Angels first-found pick, was visiting someone who lived in an apartment complex in College Park, Georgia, according to the Orange County Register. Ryan was a tremendous young man, Angels scouting director Ric Wilson said.
“He (Bolden) was very polite, he worked hard, he respected himself, he respected people, he respected authority and he just did whatever he could to make himself a better baseball player.”
Investigators say Ryan just happened to be near a fight that was started over candy among children between the ages of 10 and 11 before things turned violent. Ryan was shot and later died at Grady Memorial Hospital. Major League Baseball fans are shocked, Wilson said.
“He was just a really good young man, and came from a really good family. It’s heartbreaking; it really is.”
While Ryan Bolden dies from a gunshot, police are still investigating, according to Fox Sports. The Angels made Bolden the 40th overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft when they plucked the right-handed-hitting outfielder out of Madison Central High School in Mississippi. He played 112 games for the Angels’ Rookie-level affiliates in his first four years of pro ball and sat out 2014, reportedly due to ongoing back issues.
Hopefully we’ll find out more about what happened with Ryan from the police investigation of the Angels baseball player. Ryan was a great player, according to some of his teammates. He often focused on the game and studied baseball footage on a regular basis.
The Angels chose Ryan in the supplemental portion of the 2010 first round, a few picks before the Mariners selected Taijuan Walker and the Tigers picked Nick Castellanos. The draft pick was compensation for the Angels losing John Lackey in free agency. It was the only Major League Baseball team he played for.
Ryan Bolden dies before his baseball career got off the ground, notes Larry Brown Sports. Some might say that Ryan and the his MLB hopes with the Angles was a bust. He played just seven games with the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League, before retiring because of back issues.