Justin Ruggiano

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Justin Ruggiano
Justin Ruggiano on June 10, 2011.jpg
Ruggiano with the Tampa Bay Rays
Seattle Mariners – No. 12
Outfielder
Born: (1982-04-12) April 12, 1982 (age 32)
Austin, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 19, 2007 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Career statistics
(through 2014)
Batting average .257
Home runs 43
Runs batted in 137
Teams
Justin Ruggiano
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
Baseball World Cup
Gold 2007 Tianmu National team

Justin Marshall Ruggiano (born April 12, 1982) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. He previously played in MLB for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays, Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs.

Baseball career[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

Ruggiano attended Texas A&M University, where he played college baseball for the Texas A&M Aggies baseball team.[1]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Ruggiano in the 25th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. The Dodgers sent Ruggiano to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006, with Dioner Navarro and Jae Weong Seo for Toby Hall, Mark Hendrickson and cash.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays[edit]

Ruggiano made his Major League Baseball debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007. On October 19, 2007, Ruggiano was added to the roster of the United States national baseball team to play in the 2007 Baseball World Cup.[2]

In 2008, he batted .197 for Tampa Bay in 76 at bats. Ruggiano became part of a historical play in the 2008 World Series when Rays manager Joe Maddon moved Ruggiano from right field to become a fifth infielder, playing directly behind the second base bag.

During the 2010–11 offseason, Ruggiano was designated for assignment. He designated for assignment again after the 2011 season and on January 30, 2012, he elected free agency.

Houston Astros[edit]

On February 6, 2012, he signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.

Miami Marlins[edit]

On May 26, 2012, Ruggiano was traded to the Miami Marlins for minor league catcher Jobduan Morales.[3] He was called up to Miami the next day, and Kevin Mattison was optioned to Triple-A.[4] After playing well in June, Ruggiano heated up in July. He ended the first half of the season with 6 home runs (4 in the last 6 games), 17 RBIs, and a batting average of .390. On September 21, Ruggiano injured his shoulder in the fifth inning in agame against the New York Mets. He finished the season batting .313 with 13 homers, 36 RBIs, 23 doubles, a .374 on-base percentage(OBP), and a .909 on-base slug percentage(OPS).

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On December 12, 2013, the Marlins traded Ruggiano to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Brian Bogusevic. As a part-time outfielder during the 2014 season he played in 81 games before requiring surgery on his left ankle. Ruggiano finished the 2014 season hitting .281/.337/.429 in 224 at-bats, with six home runs and 28 RBIs.[5]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On December 17, 2014, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor leaguer Matt Brazis.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justin Ruggiano". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved October 23, 2007. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Kevin (October 23, 2007). "Former Anderson High and Texas A&M outfielder named to World Cup team". Austin American Statesman. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Justin Ruggiano called up". NBC Sports. May 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Player Updates:Justin Ruggiano". CBSSports.com. MLB. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Mariners Acquire OF Justin Ruggiano from Chicago Cubs

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