IRVINE, Calif. – Orange County Riptide Head Coach Connor Spencer announced today that Bryan Evans will serve as Pitching Coach for the OC Riptide 2023 summer baseball season.
“I’m very excited to bring Bryan on board with us this summer,” OC Riptide Head Coach Connor Spencer said. “His experience in professional baseball is extensive and he brings a valuable perspective to our staff. I’ve watched Coach Evans connect and advance his pitchers in ways many few coaches can. He also embodies the hard-nosed, bulldog mentality I’m looking for from our pitching staff. Bryan is a constant student of the game and seems to always be talking pitching. Our guys will have a blast getting to learn and just be around his pitching mind this summer.”
Another Orange County native, Evans played at Tesoro High School where he still holds the record for overall wins. As a senior in high school, Evans was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Year as a senior, finishing with an 8-1 mark and 1.52 ERA. He attended UC Davis and in the 2006 season, worked his way into the Friday night starter role as a freshman.
The Florida Marlins selected Evans in the 14th round (418th overall) Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft in 2008. In a 12 year professional baseball career from 2008 to 2019, Evans played within three MLB organizations. Drafted by the Marlins, Evans also played within the Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners. While with the Marlins, he advanced to Triple-A (New Orleans Zephyrs) and again to Triple-A with the Mariners (Tacoma Rainiers).
Evans also played winter ball in the Dominican Republic and in Mexico. He won the Caribbean World Series with Mexico in 2013. While playing in the Dominican Republic, recorded the seventh best ERA for the decade. He also won Best Starting Pitcher in the 2018 Caribbean World Series.
After professional baseball, Evans turned his focus to coaching and enters his third year coaching at Tesoro High School. In addition to coaching his high school alma mater, he also gives private lessons to youth baseball players.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to coach along side this already prestigious staff,” Bryan Evans said. “With Connor Spencer at the helm and the legendary George Horton on staff, I am excited to be a part of what this team can become.”
Evans is single and currently lives in Mission Viejo, Calif. He earned his degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.
OC Riptide fans can follow Bryan Evans on Twitter (@bevans2424).