"I want to wrap that into trying to come up with my own style. You'd be foolish not to take some of their ideas and twist them up and make them your own."
Ryan spent most of his baseball career trying to climb the organizational ladder, which makes him an ideal fit for players who are competing in their first full season in the pros. Ryan played 149 games in the majors and 1,470 in the minors.
He spent parts of his last three years in the Pacific Coast League, trying one last time to stick with a big league club. He found a more valuable role within the organization.
"I was an older player at the tail end of my career and I had teammates who would come to me with different questions and asking my opinion on how they could succeed," Ryan said. "I had a couple players tell me that someday, after I'm done playing, that I would make a good coach or manager.
"That's what gave me the idea. Baseball has been very good to me and I've learned so much just playing the game, I thought it would be good to try and help others with their careers."
Ryan's Power staff will also have ex-pros Jeff Johnson (pitching coach) and Orlando Merced (hitting coach). Johnson, who pitched three seasons for the New York Yankees in the early '90s, is a familiar name for Power fans, as he has mentored Power pitchers previously. Merced played 13 seasons and made more than $13 million as a member of the Pirates, Twins, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Cubs, Expos and Astros organizations.
That trio will inherit some of the younger players in a minor league system that ESPN.com baseball writer Keith Law ranked the seventh best in baseball earlier this month. The Pirates trailed only the Cardinals, Twins, Rays, Astros, Cubs and Padres on Law's list.
If that talent excels under Ryan's tutelage, he might not have them for long. The Power is the low Class A affiliate of the Pirates, and the players who earn a one-rung promotion are sent to advanced Class A Bradenton.
"That could go right back to Bradenton," Ryan said. "That's how good these kids are, and Power fans get to come out and watch these guys that are going to be future major leaguers."
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