Hickory Crawdads infielder Ryan Rua was promoted on Thursday to the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.
Rua is the seventh Hickory player this season be called up.
He joins relief pitcher and former Hickory Crawdad Alexander Claudio as part of the RoughRiders.
The 23-year-old Rua led the South Atlantic League in home runs (29), RBIs (82) and extra-base hits (54) this season.
He also ranked among the top of the league in runs scored (70), total bases (205) and slugging percentage (559).
Rua was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of the 2011 Draft.
Before being called up, Rya led the Crawdads in doubles (24) and hits (92).
Rua’s promotion was one of several moves by Hickory on Thursday.
Outfielder Jordan Akins was moved to short-season Spokane.
Fellow ‘Dads outfielder Hirotoshi Onaka was sent down to the Arizona League.