At Missouri State: Ryan Mantle possesses one of the team's top combinations of power and speed and will split time in left field.
2007: Mantle was one of MSU's top power threats in 2007, hitting .262 and slugging .454 with five homers and 26 RBIs ... Made 34 starts in left field and played in 51 total games ... Stole seven bases in nine attempts ... Had four outfield assists, good for second on the team ... Led the team with five game-winning RBIs ... Had two hits and scored twice at Minnesota (3/10) ... Homered versus Arkansas-Little Rock (3/13) ... Went 3-for-4 with a run scored against South Dakota State (3/18) ... Hit a grand slam and had five RBIs versus Northern Iowa (3/24) ... Went 4-for-7 with three RBIs in the SEMO series ... Tripled and had two RBIs against Bradley (4/7) ... Was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs versus Bradley (4/8) ... MVC Player of the Week (4/9) and MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (4/12) following his performances against Bradley and SEMO ... First-team MVC Scholar-Athlete selection.
2006: Appeared in 26 games including 11 starts as the designated hitter ... Hit .184 with a homer and three RBIs ... Homered against Arkansas State (3/10) ... Drove in a pair of runs and doubled versus Toledo (3/18) ... Five of his seven hits on the year went for extra bases ... Had a four-game hit streak (3/18-3/24).
Background: Mantle came to the Bears after a standout career at Eureka High where he was a teammate of Bears' pitcher Tim Clubb ... Mantle had a .394 batting average, 19 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in his senior year ... He is a four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-metro and all-state honoree ... In 2003, his sophomore season, Mantle set a new Eureka High School record for home runs with seven ... Mantle was also selected as an academic all-stater in 2005 ... With the Eureka Legion Post 177 during the summer of 2005, Mantle was named the team MVP, as well as the district MVP, hitting .436 with nine triples, five home runs, 34 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases in 35 games.
Personal: Ryan Christopher Mantle was born July 12, 1986, in St. Louis, Mo., to Marvin and Donna Mantle ... He is a third cousin of the late Hall-of-Famer Mickey Mantle ... Ryan is an insurance and risk management major at Missouri State.