August 09, 2013
Ryan Rua Two Steps Away from Major League BaseballRyan Rua, former Lake Erie College baseball player, received a promotion to Class AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers major league baseball club, the Frisco RoughRiders. Rua is now just two steps away from the Major Leagues. He was previously playing for the Class A Hickory Crawdads.
Rua was recruited to play primarily third base for the RoughRiders. He is in his first season as a member of a full-season minor league team. As a member of the Crawdads, Rua has posted career highs in nearly every offensive category. He has played in a career high 104 games this season, clubbing a career-bests in hits (92), doubles (24), home runs (29) and RBI (82). Over the two previous seasons, the 23-year-old had hit 11 home runs in 126 career games. He is tied for second in the minors this season in home runs; his 29 trail only Pirates prospect Andrew Lambo (31). Rua has also drawn a career-best 49 walks this season and stolen 13 bases, the most in a single professional season in his career as well. His current .559 slugging percentage would far exceed his previous career best (.484 in 2011). Rua, a South Atlantic League All-Star selection, currently leads the circuit in home runs, extra-base hits, RBI, is second in total bases and third in the league in slugging percentage. The third-year professional has spent the majority of his playing time at second base (88) with a few at third base (8) as well as one game in left field this season.
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Note: This is an excerpt from a Minor League Baseball story from August 8, 2013.