By Tyler Stotsky
Former Lake Erie College baseball standout Ryan Rua found his way onto the prospect radar of the Texas Rangers through his performance after being drafted in the 17th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. After getting a glance at him last September, people see a lot of promise in the 6'2", 205-pound utility guy from Amherst, Ohio.
Richard Sherman of MLB.com chose ten players that could be poised to break out in 2015. Rua was on the list with some of MLB's top prospects, like Steven Souza, Joc Pederson and Anthony Gose.
Baseball America had Rua ranked number eight on their 2015 Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospect list. John Sickels of Minor League Ball, ranked Rua 11th of the top 20 prospect list for the Rangers' organization in 2015. The outfielder and third baseman hit .295 in 28 games with the big league club as he filled in spots left by numerous injuries.
Rua worked his way up the minor league ladder as he made his major league debut in September. Throughout four seasons at various levels, Rua has posted a .284 average in 382 games with 61 homeruns and 245 runs batted in. In 2014, Rua hit .313 in 58 games with the Round Rock Express, the Rangers' AAA affiliate.
Rua showed the Rangers a glimpse of hope in his month in the Major Leagues last year. He is a possibility to be in big league Spring Training and could make the 25-man roster, barring an injury.