|Batting average .250|
Home runs 6
Name Ryan Rua
Salary 508,500 USD (2015)
Date joined 2014
Runs batted in 21
Role Baseball player
College Lake Erie College
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9/21/14: Rua lifts Rangers with first career home run
Ryan Anthony Rua (born March 11, 1990) is an American professional baseball left fielder for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Rua was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft out of Lake Erie College. He was the first player in school history to be drafted. He made his professional debut for the Arizona League Rangers that year and also played for the Spokane Indians. In 52 games, he hit .303./.376/.484 with four home runs. He returned to Spokane in 2012 and hit .293/.368/.432 with seven home runs in 74 games.
Rua started 2013 with the Hickory Crawdads. At the end of June he was leading the entire minor leagues in homers. On August 9, he was promoted to the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. He finished the year hitting .247/.347/.525 with 32 home runs in 127 games.
He started the 2014 season back with Frisco. Rua was called up to the big leagues for the first time on August 29, 2014 and made is debut the same day at first base, collecting his first hit on an infield single. Rua finished his debut going 1-for-5 with a run scored. On September 21, 2014, Rua hit his first career homer, a solo shot off Angels' closer Huston Street, sending the Rangers to a 2-1 victory. On Opening Day 2015, Rua had the only base hit for the Rangers as they fell to Oakland 8-0.
On July 30, 2015, Rua hit an inside-the-park home run against the New York Yankees in the bottom of the fourth inning, tying the game 5-5 (the Rangers went on to win 7-6 after a walk-off from Josh Hamilton).