Justin Ruggiano (LF,CF,RF)
Free Agent - 1% owned(?)
Justin Ruggiano received the spot-start in center field and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Mariners victory over the Angels.
Fantasy Impact: Ruggiano batted second but could not provide any value to the lineup, failing to reach base with two strikeouts. In 31 at-bats this season, Ruggiano is hitting .194 with zero home runs or RBI. He provides very little fantasy value, especially when he is not reaching base. Leave him on the waiver wire in all formats.
Category: Game Recaps
The Seattle Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league reliever Matt Brazis. (Source: Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The addition of Justin Ruggiano provides the Seattle Mariners with an outfielder who has hit left-handed pitching quite well during his career. In 443 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, Ruggiano has a .266/.329/.508 slash line (.836 OPS). For context, Logan Morrison was the Mariners' best hitter against southpaws last season, posting a .846 OPS over 95 plate appearances. Robinson Cano was next with a .746 OPS against left-handers. While it appears the Mariners will likely add a platoon-mate for Ruggiano, the fact remains he should see playing time whenever a left-handed pitcher is on the mound. For fantasy owners in deeper leagues, especially those with daily line-ups, Ruggiano is a decent bet for moderate power (8-12 home runs), while providing near league-average on base/batting average production.