Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Defying the Odds

The fall season long ended. Individual skill workouts and strength and conditioning workouts are also in the rear view. Needless to say with spring training still a month away for the Pumas (January 10th), there isn't much to report. But John Parker recently ranked the top prospects in the Texas Rangers organization for MiLB.com. Appearing on the list was none other than the Lake Erie Lasher himself. Ryan Rua finished his college career at shortstop but has played just about every other position while climbing his way to Double-A with the Frisco RoughRiders.
"The 23-year-old spent the bulk of his time at second base with Hickory but shifted to third after a late-season promotion to Frisco. He was neck-and-neck with Gallo in the race for the Minor League home run crown for much of the season -- Rua actually led the chase with 29 at the end of July."
This clip is from one of his first games after being called up to Double-A where Ryan launches a walk-off grand slam in one of his first games played after getting the call up to the RoughRiders. I can't watch it enough...this ball was crushed! Best of luck to Ryan on his journey to Arlington!


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