Current, former major leaguers to instruct at clinic

Published 8:20 am Friday, January 4, 2013

Ryan Riles

Ryan Riles, the nephew of former MLB shortstop and Decatur County Sports Hall of Fame member Earnest Riles, will hold a baseball clinic for 9-to-18-year olds Friday, Jan. 11, at his Prospect Sports Academy, located at 421 N. Broad St.

It will begin at 5 p.m. and the cost is $40. Guest instructors will be William “Boo” Taylor, a former MLB lefthanded pitcher with the Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates, and current St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Barret Browning.

Taylor, who played at Thomas County Central High School, is currently an assistant baseball coach at Thomas University. He is a former assistant baseball coach at Tallahassee Community College.

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Browning has a career record of 1-3, a career ERA of 5.12, and saw action in 22 games for the Cardinals in the 2012 season. He had 11 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched.

Riles, who played at Middle Georgia College, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Albany State University, where he graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education, had six home runs, 38 RBIs and 38 stolen bases as a sophomore at ABAC.