Tiger Taxonomy: Ryan Tella

  • Class: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Fremont, CA
  • Previously: Ohlone CC
  • H/W: 6'/175
  • B/T: L/R
  • Position: OF
  • Twitter: @R_Tella4 (Private Account)

Another new face that Auburn fans should really get accustomed to is Ryan Tella. A Sophomore from Fremont, California, Tella has tremendous speed and some gaudy numbers at previous stops that can hopefully translate to the SEC. A 34th Round Round pick by the Minnesota Twins; Tella comes from an Ohlone College Team that produced two other Division 1 Signees last year: George Asmus (Washington) and Matt Fontaine (Fresno State). Interestingly, those are two schools that Tella previously held offers from out of High School. However, coming to the South was a dream and Auburn has let him live it:

Choosing Auburn over Washington after being offered by several prominent programs including Fresno State out of high school, Tella said the opportunity and lure of playing in the South and the SEC is what he's always dreamed of.

"I have just always wanted to leave California and go to the South," Tella said. "That has been the case since I was offered by Fresno State, but missed one class to go there. I just took a step back and wanted to see what was new and different out there. I thought Auburn was the best choice for me."

Tella was a spark for Ohlone and helped the Renegades to a Conference Crown and State Runner Up Finish:

From watching the Renegades win the 2010 CCCAA State title a year ago, to being the leading hitter on the three-time defending Coast Conference Pacific champs, and defending state champion Ohlone Renegades baseball team, the last few months for sophomore outfielder Ryan Tella have been fun to watch. And for him, fun to play.

Tella went from redshirt freshman to being ranked fifth in the state, first in Northern California, in batting average, hitting .425 with three home runs and 35 RBI's and riding a seven-game hit streak entering post-season play, as he started in the Renegade outfield in all 36 games this season.

"He's our spark," said Ohlone head coach Julian Russell.

It's that spark the led Tella to being named the 2011ABCA/Rawlings Player of the Year. He was also a pretty solid pitcher in High School, evident when he shut out and one hit the top ranked team in the East Bay.

Tella has already impressed in the Fall and doesn't seem to have any hangover from California.

OF Ryan Tella, transfer from Ohlone CC, showed his promising impact for the team on the base paths. With speed comparable to former Tiger leadoff hitter, Justin Fradejas, Tella shows his worth to the team in just the first day running out infield base hits.

Link Jarrett also singled out Tella's speed and pedigree:

"One of our new players from California, Ryan Tella, he was the West Coast, California, Oregon and Washington Junior College Player of the Year. His pedigree coming in here, and we got him through the draft and were able to get him to campus, is very high. He gives us another option.

Here's to hoping that spark and speed will ignite Auburn's offense this season.


John Clifton said…
So it now looks like:

Andrews, Gonzales, and Tella in the OF. 3B: Smith or Self, SS: Alvord, 2B: Simpson, 1B: Bryant or Cooper, C: Austin probably (but all 4 could see time).
kevin0ives said…
That's what I'm thinking. Justin Hokanson has an identical lineup but with Glevenyak at SS.
John Clifton said…
What does Hokanson know about Glevenyak that we don't? Gotta be a stud to beat out Alvord you would think.
kevin0ives said…
I think it was just mentioned at the recent AU Baseball Media days. Jason/Mark over at InsideTheAuburnTigers said a similar thing (but didn't go so far as to pencil Yak in, just saying there is heavy competition)

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