Q1) At what age did you start playing baseball and, who influenced you the most?
A1) Probably around 5 or 6 in South Amherst, Ohio...Definitely my dad... but my whole family has always been into sports as long as I can remember.
Q2) Besides baseball is there another sport you keep up with regularly?
A2) I keep up with all sports, can never get enough.
Q3) Was baseball always your go to sport or, was there another sport you preferred?
A3) Growing up it was baseball, Soccer, and Basketball... In high school just baseball and basketball, but basketball was always my favorite.
Q4) You where drafted out of college in 2011 by the Rangers in the 17th Round, what was the draft process like and where was you when you found out?
A4) It was a fun process because we knew it was going to happen with the number of teams that showed interest... I was at home with my family, best friend, and girlfriend listening to the broadcast on the internet.
Q5) After playing you first full season of professional ball what was the biggest transition from College Ball to Pro Ball?
A5) Definitely the speed of the game, whether it was the velocity or the base running... there were no more easy days or opponents.
Q6) You had a breakout year last year. What was the one thing you really worked hard on last offseason?
A6) I really got after it in the gym and tried to prepare my body the best I could for my first full season of Pro Ball.
Q7) Who was your favorite player growing up?
A7) Growing up right outside Cleveland, Ohio and being a middle infielder my whole life I enjoyed watching Omar Vizquel and Robbie Alomar; as well as A-Rod in his Mariners days.
Q8) Do you have any personal goals for next season?
A8) Just try to repeat the season I had this year, and not to put a lot of pressure on myself...I really wanted 100 RBI's this year and was 9 away so that would be my personal goal.
Q9) When your not playing ball what could a fan find you doing?
A9) Usually just relaxing in the offseason hanging out with friends and family, or at my brothers high school basketball games.
Q10) What is your favorite baseball moment so far?
Q10) Probably my walk off grand slam in AA-Frisco after I got called up, never had a walk-off HR before and it was even cooler that it was a grand slam.
Q11) Any suggestions for the youth of today that are seeking to be professional ball players?
A11) If its truly something you enjoy and love doing then I say go for it. Its a grind every single day, but I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. I was always the smallest kid on all my teams growing up and ended up at a D2 college but when you get your chance you cant hold anything back, it may be the only you get to fulfill your dreams.
We would like to thank Ryan for his time to answer our questions and we wish him the best of luck in this upcoming season! Also, be sure to go follow him on Twitter @Rua_Numba_2