Saturday January 28, 2012
MLB reports – Jonathan Hacohen: Ryan Strausborger is today’s featured interview on MLB reports. A 16th round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2010, Ryan is entering his 3rd professional season. He completed last season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League (High-A ball). What to expect from this up-and-coming baseball prospect? There are three aspects to his game: speed, getting on base and defense. Ryan stole 21 bases in 25 attempts in his first pro season and followed it up with 31 stolen bases last year. He has shown good doubles power (29 doubles in 126 games) and chipped in 9 triples. It may be difficult to replicate Rickey Henderson, but perhaps we are looking at the next Tim Raines? I’m sure Ryan will take that! He can play all three outfield positions, although center is his primary spot. For a team that plays in a well-known hitters’ park, Ryan Strausborger could be setting the table and scoring many runs for the future Rangers boppers. At 23-years of age, Ryan is still developing and working his way up to the majors. But if his two first pro seasons have shown us anything, the potential and tools are there. Get to know one of the next wave of Texas Rangers players, as we introduce you to Ryan Strausborger, outfield prospect:
MLB reports: First question Ryan: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up, that you most idolized and patterned your game after?
Ryan Strausborger: Growing up I never really tried to be just like anyone, but I was always a fan of the Cubs.
MLB reports: Which current MLB star do you most admire and why?
Ryan Strausborger: Michael Young, just because I have been around him now a couple of times. He is obviously very good, yet he is also one of the most humble and professional guys I have ever seen.
MLB reports: What are your goals going into the 2012 season?
Ryan Strausborger: To win the league championship and to better myself as a hitter and overall player.
MLB reports: Did you play any other sports growing up? Why did you choose baseball as your sport?
Ryan Strausborger: Basketball. It was my goal as soon as I started playing baseball to become a pro someday.
MLB reports: When you first found out you were drafted, what were your reactions? What made you decide to sign with the Rangers?
MLB reports: What do you consider your greatest baseball skill(s)?
Ryan Strausborger: My speed and determination are my two most important skills.
MLB reports: What facets of your game do you most wish to improve upon?
Ryan Strausborger: Just continue to make strides to being a more consistent hitter like I did last year.
MLB reports: How do home runs, stolen bases and walks figure into your game? Are you a speed, power guy or both?
Ryan Strausborger: Home runs are not important, while stolen bases and walks are. I am a speed guy with a little bit of gap to gap power and my job is to get on base and score runs.
MLB reports: I see that you have played all three outfield positions, but mostly center. Where do you think you will ultimately end up?
Ryan Strausborger: I would like to end up in center field. But i am a role player and would play anywhere they need me.
MLB reports: Strausborger: Ever get razzed about the long name on the jersey? Ever get mistaken for a certain pitcher in Washington?
MLB reports: If you had to look into a crystal ball, when do you see your expected time of arrival in the big leagues and what do you think you need to do most to get there?
Ryan Strausborger: I need to just prove that I can be consistent and get the job done. As for the arrival, we will just wait and see what happens.
MLB reports: If you were not playing professional baseball, you would be ____________
Ryan Strausborger: Finishing my college degree.
MLB reports: What do you do for fun away from the ballpark?
Ryan Strausborger: Just hang out with my teammates and try to take advantage of all of the very few off days we get.
MLB reports: Have you ever been to Texas? Is it all cowboy hats and boots?
Ryan Strausborger: Only been there for a short stay a couple of times. No, Ii didn’t see any cowboy hats or boots on anyone.
MLB reports: Final thoughts?
Ryan Strausborger: Appreciate you allowing me to be featured!!
Jonathan Hacohen is the Lead Baseball Columnist & Editor for MLB reports: You can follow Jonathan on Twitter (@JHacohen)
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