PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College junior shortstop Ryan Rua became the first player in school history selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, June 7, when the Texas Rangers selected Rua with the 23rd pick of the 17th round, number 534 overall.
This year, Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) batted an even .400 for the second straight season and set Lake Erie single-season records with 68 hits and 19 stolen bases. He also led the team with 44 RBI, 42 runs scored and 16 doubles while tying for the team lead with five home runs. Rua slugged a team-high .594 and had a Storm-best 1.031 OPS, starting all 47 games.
For his Lake Erie career, Rua has a .374 average with 27 home runs and 131 RBI. He has banged out 276 hits and scored 117 runs while swiping 33 bases. He is the school's career leader in slugging, homers, RBI, total bases and stolen base percentage.
Rua was the 18th player selected by the defending American League Champion Rangers on the second day of the three-day, 50-round draft.