Ryan Bolden Dies : Former Madison Central player killed in Georgia

Updated: December 19, 2014
Ryan Bolden Dies : Former Madison Central player killed in Georgia

Ryan Bolden Shot And Dies In Hospital, Former Madison Central High School baseball player and MLB first-round pick was shot and killed at an Atlanta apartment complex Wednesday.

According to FOX 5 in Atlanta, Ryan Bolden was the victim of an incident at an apartment complex. Children were fighting over candy at the complex when adults got involved. The incident turned violent around 8:30pm when shots were fired.

The Los Angeles Angels selected Ryan Bolden with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. The outfielder was an Ole Miss signee, but elected to go pro. He hit .347 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI as Madison Central won the 2010 6A State Championship.

Ryan Bolden played four seasons of professional baseball, all with the Angels organization. He had 2 HRs, 35 RBI, and 21 steals in the Arizona League. Bolden played 7 games with the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League in 2013.

After that stint, he left the organization due to back problems.

Angels scouting director Ric Wilson told MLB.com that Ryan Bolden was a high character person. “He was a tremendous young man. He was very polite, he worked hard, he respected himself, he respected people, he respected authority and he just did whatever he could to make himself a better baseball player…He was just a really good young man, and came from a really good family. It’s heartbreaking; it really is.”