Ryan Spilborghs
Spilborghs with the Colorado Rockies
Born: (1979-09-05) September 5, 1979 (age 44)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 16, 2005, for the Colorado Rockies
NPB: April 11, 2013, for the Saitama Seibu Lions
Last appearance
MLB: September 5, 2011, for the Colorado Rockies
NPB: August 25, 2013, for the Saitama Seibu Lions
MLB statistics
Batting average.272
Home runs42
Runs batted in218
NPB statistics
Batting average.234
Home runs3
Runs batted in25

Ryan Adam Rene Jean Spilborghs (born September 5, 1979) is an American baseball broadcaster for AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain & SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio, and a former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Saitama Seibu Lions.

Baseball career


Spilborghs played college ball at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was all Big West Conference in 2001. He also played for the Madison Mallards during the summer of 2001.

Colorado Rockies

Spilborghs was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the 2002 MLB Draft. Between 2002 and 2005, he played for the Tri-City Dust Devils, Asheville Tourists, Visalia Oaks, and Tulsa Drillers.

He made his Major League debut for the Rockies on July 16, 2005 against the Cincinnati Reds and recorded his first hit in that game, a single to right field off of Todd Coffey.[1] That was the only game he played in for the Rockies that year, spending the rest of the year in AAA with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, where he hit .338 in 68 games. He rejoined the Rockies in 2006 and hit his first home run on May 29 off of Jim Brower of the San Diego Padres.[2]

He began the 2007 season at Triple-A with the Sky Sox, after being beaten out for a roster spot by veteran Steve Finley. After Finley was released by the Rockies, Spilborghs returned to the team. In 2008, he made the team from spring training, serving as the fourth outfielder.

On August 24, 2009, in the 14th inning against the San Francisco Giants with the Rockies down 4–2, Spilborghs homered off pitcher Merkin Valdéz for the first walk-off grand slam in Rockies history. This solo Rockies record was held for over 11 years until Charlie Blackmon, also wearing jersey number 19, hit a walk-off grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels on September 11, 2020.[3]

On December 12, 2011, Spilborghs was non-tendered by the Rockies and became a free agent.[4]

Cleveland Indians

Spilborghs signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on January 20, 2012. He also received an invitation to spring training.[5] He failed to make the team and was assigned to the AAA Columbus Clippers,[6] where he hit .250 in 21 games.

Texas Rangers

On May 4, 2012, Spilborghs was traded to the Texas Rangers organization for cash considerations and played for the Triple-A Round Rock Express.[7] In 103 games with Round Rock, he hit .295.

Saitama Seibu Lions

On December 6, 2012 he agreed to a one-year contract with the Saitama Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League.[8]


On February 6, 2014, it was announced that Spilborghs had joined the Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcasting team, where his primary role is sideline reporting during games; however he occasionally provides in booth color commentary. He is an analyst for Rockies pregame and postgame shows, as well as for other programs on the network.[9] Spilborghs currently co-hosts (with CJ Nitkowski) the "Loud Outs" program that airs Saturdays on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio. Spilborghs announced he was joining Apple TV for Friday night baseball coverage in February 2023.[10]

Personal life

Spilborghs is of mixed descent, as his father is Belgian, and his mother is Guatemalan. On July 20, 2009, Ryan's wife gave birth to their daughter and first child, Kierra. Her middle name, Esperanza, was chosen after his mother, who died during spring training earlier in the year.[11]


  1. ^ "Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds Box Score, July 16, 2005". baseballreference.com.
  2. ^ "Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres Box Score, May 29, 2006". baseballreference.com.
  3. ^ "Walk-Off Grand Slam From Blackmon Helps Rockies Beat Angels". KCNC-TV. September 12, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Renck, Troy E. (December 12, 2011). "Ryan Spilborghs a free agent, but could still return to Rockies". The Denver Post. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  5. ^ Renck, Troy E. (January 20, 2012). "Ryan Spilborghs agrees to minor-league deal with Indians". The Denver Post. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  6. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (April 4, 2012). "Indians send Ryan Spilborghs to Triple-A, release Felix Pie". NBC Sports. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  7. ^ Crow, Chuck (May 4, 2012). "Cleveland Indians trade OF Ryan Spilborghs to Texas Rangers". Cleveland.com. The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  8. ^ Breckenridge, Riley (December 6, 2012). "Former Rockies OF Ryan Spilborghs signs in Japan". SBNation Denver. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  9. ^ Harding, Thomas (February 6, 2014). "Spilborghs joins Rockies' broadcast team". MLB.com. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  10. ^ @spillygoat19 (February 22, 2023). "I'm excited to join @AppleTV on Friday nights for baseball coverage" (Tweet) – via Twitter. [user-generated source]
  11. ^ Zant, John (March 19, 2009). "When Essie Spells Hope". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved 6 December 2012.