Former Savannah Banana, Rylan Bannon, made his Major League debut May 12 for the Baltimore Orioles. Bannon got the start at third base finishing 1-4 with a single in his first at-bat while adding a diving stop at third on the defensive side in the Orioles 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Illinois native was drafted in the 8th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Xavier University. In five minor league seasons before his call-up, Bannon held a career .253 batting average with 77 doubles, 63 home runs and 218 RBIs.
Bannon spent the 2016 season with the Bananas helping them to their first CPL championship. He finished the season with a .355 average across 38 games played while driving in 27 runs off 10 doubles and three home runs. His debut marks the 15th all-time former CPL player to make their major league debut and the fourth of the 2022 MLB season. This debut also pushes the Bananas major league alumni total to two.
About Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League, brought to you by FloSports, is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Entering its 26th season in 2022, the CPL features 14 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,700 alumni drafted and 155 alums make their Major League debut – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @CPLBaseball.