PAINESVILLE, OHIO – After an impressive showing in the Great Lakes Collegiate Baseball Summer League, Lake Erie College junior shortstop Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) has been tabbed as the league's third best prospect heading into the 2011 season by Perfect Game USA, the nation's largest scouting service.
Rua led the wood bat-league champion Hamilton Joe's with a .333 average and .533 slugging percentage in 36 regular season games over the summer. He had a team-high seven triples and added a pair of home runs and drove in 22 runs. He was named most valuable player of the Great Lakes All-Star Game and was an All-GLSCL First Team selection.
"This is a tremendous personal accomplishment for Ryan and really a testament to the work he has put in to become a better player," said Storm head coach Brian McGee. "We're really proud of the way he performed and handled himself both on and off the field in representing Lake Erie College and the baseball program. He has taken is natural skill set and showed the kind of work ethic character and discipline we try to instill into the players in our program. It is something he should be very proud of."
Already the school's career leader in home runs and slugging percentage after two seasons, Rua enters his junior year with a .360 career average, 22 home runs and 87 RBI. He hit an even .400 last year with 11 homers, 40 RBI and a school-record tying 60 hits, earning All-Midwest Region Second Team honors from the ABCA.
"As well as Ryan played in the spring, he was just as good – if not better – in the summer transitioning to a wood bat," McGee said. "We look for him to carry that performance through the fall and winter workouts and into next season.
The Storm won a school record 18 games in 2010. They are slated to open the season March 6 in St. Augustine, Fla. at Flagler College.