Impact Baseball sat down with one our own Mr. Ryan Falcon for his "Up Close" interview. Falcon is one of the hardest working young coaches and developers in the state of North Carolina. Falcon has been around the game of baseball his whole life and has traveled around the country seeing many great players. Ryan was in the Texas Rangers organization for four seasons and brings a wealth of knowledge here to Impact Baseball.
Name: Ryan Falcon
4 years at UNC Greensboro
4 years in the Texas Rangers Organization
3 years with The Dirtbags
1 year with the Edinburg Roadrunners of the North American League
When did you first get involved with the game of baseball?
I first got involved with baseball around the age of four, and have loved it ever since.
What's your best memory playing baseball at Northern High School in Durham?
Most memorable experience at Northern Durham was the cross town rivalries in the PAC 6. Players from the different high schools played fall and summer baseball with each other, but were extremely competitive when we were playing against each other in the high school season.
What's your best memory of playing college baseball at UNC Greensboro?
My most memorable memory at UNCG was the relationships that are created among teammates. You basically spend your entire college career with your teammates and some great bonds are created.
We know you played baseball in Texas a couple of summers ago, how was Texas and that experience?
I played four seasons in the Rangers organization and it was a great experience. I got to learn so much from many great baseball minds and compete against many great players. It is definitely an experience that I will carry with me the rest of my life.
For the young men out there playing high school baseball and have aspirations of playing at the next level. What's the advice can you give them?
My advice to the youngsters out there is, if you want to play at the next level you must go “ALL IN”. You do not get to pick what you want to work at. Many players love to go hit all afternoon or throw a bullpen session. Very few treat every conditioning drill or the last repetition of an arm care exercise or a flexibility routine with the same focus and intensity as they do a BP session. That's what it takes to become the best you can be.
Knowing you were a college pitcher, what's the best advice you can give to any kids out there pitching?
The best advice I can give a pitcher is to “ATTACK”. The only way to develop as a pitcher is to attack the zone and let your pitches work. If you are tentative and try to nibble around the corners, you will pitch tentatively and get beat. Also, you will not be able to develop into the best pitcher you can become because you lack the aggressiveness needed.
Who's the best player you have faced while on the bump?
The best player I ever faced would have to be Buster Posey. I got to face him several times when we both played in the Hi-A California League. He was a tough out!
If you could sit down with any baseball player in the world, who would it be?
If I could sit down with any baseball player it would have to be Pete Rose. The guy played the game with the intensity and enthusiasm that is rarely seen. I would love to hear him talk about what the game meant to him.
What are your plans for this spring and summer with baseball?
My plans this spring and summer will be to coach and develop the talented players of the Dirtbags Baseball club. I will be out all spring watching high school games and looking to identify talented North Carolina high school baseball players.
What are your hobbies outside of baseball?
My hobbies outside of baseball are spending time with my family and watching and debating sports.
Favorite College Basketball team: Duke Blue Devils
Favorite MLB Team: Texas Rangers
Favorite Music: George Straight and Eric Church
Favorite Book: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy
Favorite Actor: Vince Vaughn
Impact Baseball would like to thank Mr. Falcon for his "Up Close" interview. Stay tuned for more interviews all season long here from Impact Baseball....