Texas-sized honor for former Storm slugger

FRISCO, Texas -- Former Storm standout Ryan Rua has been named to the Texas League mid-season All-Star team the Double-A circuit and the Frisco RoughRiders announced on Monday.

Rua, who played for Lake Erie from 2009-11 and who holds the program's career marks for home runs (27) and on-base-plus-slugging (1.076) among a slew of LEC records, was selected for the Texas League's June24 All-Star Game by a league selection committee. The 24-year-old is the RoughRiders everyday third baseman and is batting .318/.397/.523 in 2014. His .920 OPS ranks third in the Texas League, and his 12 doubles and 10 home runs have helped propel the Texas Rangers' Double-A affiliate to the best record (37-25, .597) in the eight-team circuit. Rua will represent the South Division in the game which will be played at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:15 p.m.        

Balloting for the Texas League All-Star Game was conducted by votes gathered from managers, coaches, broadcasters and beat writers representing all eight teams.

The all-star game appearance will mark Rua's first in the Texas League, but the Amherst, Ohio, native was a mid-season and postseason all-star in the South Atlantic League last season. Rua's 2013 season included 32 home runs – 29 for the Hickory Crawdads (Single-A) and three for Frisco. The Storm's all-time home run leader has now slugged 42 round-trippers over his last 187 Minor League games.

Rua played for the Storm from 2009-11. He batted .400 twice (2010-11) and posted double-digit home run totals twice (2009-11), including in his freshman season. After batting .374 (176-of-470), with 39 doubles, five triples, 27 home runs and  131 RBIs in 139 games, he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft (as Lake Erie's first draftee).

The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team led all of Double-A Baseball in attendance in each season from 2005 - 2012. The Texas League was formed in 1888; the 2014 All-Star Game will mark the league's 78th.

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