Former Amherst baseball star honored, first athlete to have their jersey retired

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Ryan Rua with his jersey and former high school and college coaches. Courtesy Amherst Steele High School.

AMHERST, Ohio – Ryan Rua was a successful athlete while attending Amherst Steele High School and his success continued into college, Minor League Baseball and eventually, Major League Baseball.

Rua was a outstanding high school athlete before attending Lake Erie College where he left as the all-time slugging percentage leader and the all-time home run leader.

After Lake Erie, Rua was drafted in the 17th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, making his way through the farm system to their AAA affiliate in less than four years.

In August 2014, Rua was promoted to the Rangers, earning a hit in his major league debut.

Throughout the remainder of the 2014 season, Rua played 28 games with the Rangers.

Rua takes his off season to work with the Amherst Steele baseball team, along with being a special guest instructor at the winter youth camp each year.

He is not only the first Amherst Steele athlete to become a professional athlete, but also the first to have his jersey retired.