Ryne Stanek was born July 26, 1991, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a pitcher in the MLB.
The Rays promoted Stanek to the major leagues on May 13, 2017. He made his major league debut the next day. He ended the 2017 season with a 5.85 ERA in 21 appearances.
In 2018, Stanek found a niche spot working as "the opener", where he found immediate success with his high 90s fastball and newly introduced splitter. Stanek set an MLB record by throwing seven consecutive scoreless starts. Stanek also set a major league record with 17 straight starts allowing one run or fewer. On September 5, Stanek became the first rookie in 75 years to start in back-to-back games. For the majority of the season, Stanek was used as one of the Rays' "opening" starters, making 59 total appearances (29 starts). In 66 1⁄3 innings, he struck out 81 batters and recorded a 2.98 ERA.
Stanek avoided arbitration with the Astros on March 22, 2022, agreeing to a $2.1 million contract for the season. He earned his first save of the season on April 27 versus the Texas Rangers, allowing one run one in the ninth and leaving runners stranded on second and third to close out a 4–3 win. After entering the July 22 contest versus the Seattle Mariners with the bases loaded and tying run aboard, Stanek closed out the inning en route to a 5–2 Astros win and extended a personal scoreless inning streak to 27. Stanek produced 10 straight scoreless appearances until September 25, 2022, when the Baltimore Orioles scored a run in the eighth inning. In the 2022 season finale versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Stanek pitched a clean seventh to lower his ERA to 1.16, eclipsing the single-season franchise record for relievers set by Will Harris in 2019 (1.50).
In 2022, Stanek also totaled 2–1 W–L with one save in 54+2⁄3 innings over 59 relief appearances. The Astros advanced to the World Series and defeated the Phillies in six games to give Stanek his first career World Series title.