Ryan Blinderman, Fairfield Warde Class of 2010, has taken the next step in his baseball career. A pitcher, Blinderman has joined the Garden City Wind, a new franchise of the Pecos League in western Kansas.
Blinderman played four years of baseball at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., where he made the switch from center field to the mound after his sophomore year. He appeared in 28 games in relief his last two years and his 15 appearances as a senior ranks fifth on the all-time Manhattanville single-season list.
Blinderman was an All-FCIAC outfielder during his time at Warde, playing for coach Mark Caron.
The Pecos League is an independent professional league, operating in the desert mountain region of New Mexico, Arizona, West Texas, Kansas and Colorado.
The league has promoted 202 players to higher independent and affiliated teams. Garden City will play in the Northern Division with the Las Vegas Train Robbers, Trinidad Triggers and Santa Fe Fuego.
“The Wind are excited for everything Ryan is going to bring to the club, not only with his talent on the mound, but his leadership and personality,” said Garden City Manager Mike Busa.
The Wind will play a 70-game schedule beginning May 19, after an exhibition game against the Amarillo Thunderheads of the American Association on May 17.