Steve Krah
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Reporter Steve Krah covers sports for the Elkhart Truth.

Strausborger red-hot in return to Double-A Frisco

Elkhart Memorial graduate Ryan Strausborger played 60 games at Triple-A Rock Rock before going back to the team he played for in 2012 and 2013. He was hitting .500 in his first six games with Frisco.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:46 a.m.

Ryan Strausborger has come out mashing in his first six games back with the Frisco RoundRiders.

The Elkhart Memorial High School graduate was hitting .500 (13-of-26) since being assigned to Frisco of the Double-A Texas League after hitting .253 with 14 stolen bases in 60 games at Triple-A Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.

"I've put some good swings on pitches," says Strausborger, 26. "I've been hitting the fastball and not getting too deep into counts."

Strausborger, who played 249 games at Frisco in 2012 and 2013 with a combined .231 batting average and 53 steals in 62 attempts, began the 2014 baseball season with a three-week stint on the disabled list before making his Triple-A debut.

"I was doing well up there," says Strausborger of his time at Round Rock, the highest level in the Texas Rangers minor league system. "I'm going to continue that mindset. I'm not going to worry about what team I'm playing with or at what level."

Since being assigned to Frisco on June 25, the fifth-year professional has played center field and led off in each game for the RoughRiders.

Strausborger socked his first homer of the season and 17th in a Frisco uniform on June 26 against Arkansas left-hander Kramer Sneed.

Leading off the bottom of the first inning, Strausborger parked a 2-1 fast ball over the wall at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.

"I like the lead-off spot," says Strausborger. "I like getting on base for the middle of the order and being able to run."

Strausborger, who also has two triples and a double in his first six games back with Frisco, says he has the "green light" and will read the pitcher's move to know when it's time to go.

After taking the first pitch of the game at the plate, it's also "go time" for the right-handed swinger.

"I like to be aggressive," says Strausborger.

In his first 505 minor league games, Strausborger had 120 steals in 145 attempts with a composite batting average of 251 with 27 homers, 33 triples, 85 doubles, 183 RBI and 258 runs scored.

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