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Summa Cum Laude to Wall Street to Frisco

The story of Matt Leeds is an interesting one, and his journey has taken him to the RoughRiders’ roster. The Rangers’ 31st-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft, Leeds has joined the RoughRiders’ active roster.

The College of Charleston product was in Surprise, Ariz., with the Rangers’ rookie league club. Leeds, who primarily played at first base in Surprise, was hitting .264 with three home runs and 23 RBIs in 41 games in the AZL.

According to this in-depth feature in Beach Carolina Magazine, Leeds graduated from the College of Charleston summa cum laude with a 3.93 grade point average. Leeds, an accounting major, worked on Wall Street during an internship with Royal Bank of Canada while in college.

Leeds joins a RoughRiders’ roster that is in need of some depth offensively. The ‘Riders had only ten players on its active roster before Leeds’ promotion to Double-A, and Mike Bianucci is battling an eye infection. Bianucci is with the team in Northwest Arkansas, but he may have to miss a few more games.

Frisco starter Ben Snyder had to replace an ejected Engel Beltre Monday night because the ‘Riders did not have another position player available. Snyder went 1-for-2 and played in right field.

Jared Bolden, the newest RoughRider outside of Leeds, notched his first Double-A hit in that game, a walk-off single in Frisco’s 3-2, 12-inning victory.

The ‘Riders open up a three-game series with the Naturals tonight at 7:05.

Ruiz Promoted to Triple-A Round Rock

Jose Ruiz, the RoughRiders’ everyday first baseman for much of the 2011 season, has been promoted to Triple-A Round Rock, the Rangers’ organization announced today.

Jose Ruiz joins first-place Round Rock in Triple-A (Photo: James Garner).

Ruiz hit .275 with 12 home runs and 54 runs batted in during 106 games with the ‘Riders. The Texas League mid-season All-Star joined the Rangers system before this season after signing with Tampa Bay last year.

The Cuba native hit .293 in the first half before slowing down a bit in half number two, posting a .253 average. Ruiz spent most of his time batting fifth in the ‘Riders’ order.

Jared Bolden replaces Ruiz on the RoughRiders’ roster. Bolden hit .271 with six home runs and 47 RBIs for High-A Myrtle Beach. Bolden was the club’s primary first baseman and has not committed an error at the position this season.

Bolden can also play left or right field, and he hit in every spot in the order except for fifth during his 94 games with the Pelicans. More often than not, Bolden hit either second (37 games) or ninth (39 games).

With the move, the ‘Riders maintain a 23-man roster, which is one shy of the Texas League limit. Frisco still has only ten position players available.

- Brian

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