A sophomore right-handed pitcher from Kennewick, Washington, Bryant pitched in 14 games as a freshman and posted a 4.64 ERA over 19.1 innings. The lanky youngster (he’s currently listed at 6’7”) appeared in six games in Pac-10 play, and neither received a win nor a loss. At Kennewick High School, Bryant earned Pitcher of the Year honors twice and was named to the All-State Team twice as well. His finest season came as a junior when he was 8-2 with a 1.86 ERA over 56.1 innings. He struck out 67 hitters over that span. After his senior season, Bryant was drafted in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins but elected to attend Oregon State instead of beginning his professional career.
Labbe believes Bryant will be a vital piece in the team’s bullpen if Madison is to make a run deep into the postseason this summer. “Tony is a strong and big pitcher who threw well last season for the Beavers, and expectations are high for the talented sophomore,” said Labbe. “Both this spring and summer he’ll be used primarily in relief, but don’t be surprised if he makes an occasional spot start. Additions like Tony are what you need to have a championship-type roster.”