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Justin Ruggiano

Justin Ruggiano
Miami Marlins – No. 20
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 2013 season)
Batting average .251
Home runs 37
Runs batted in 109
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 Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball.

Baseball career

Texas A&M

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

Los Angeles Dodgers

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

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

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

Miami Marlins

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).

References

External links

Biography portal
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  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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