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:
"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:
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.
Link Jarrett also singled out Tella's speed and pedigree:
Here's to hoping that spark and speed will ignite Auburn's offense this season.