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Sweeney was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and originally attended Jefferson High School, however, conflict between winter showcase games and high school basketball obligations led him to transfer to cross-town Xavier High School. Sweeney graduated from Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids in 2003.
Chicago White SoxEdit
At the beginning of the 2007 season, Ryan was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization. He had originally signed to play collegiately for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. However, he signed with the White Sox as he was taken in the 2nd round of the 2003 MLB Draft.