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Justin Ruggiano | Outfielder | #25

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas A&M
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 25 (0) / LA
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Rangers sent OF Justin Ruggiano outright to Triple-A Round Rock.
Declaring free agency would have meant forfeiting his $1.65 million salary, so Ruggiano obviously accepted the assignment. He could get another shot with Shin-Soo Choo (calf) out for a while. Apr 10 - 1:56 PM

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Rangers designated OF Justin Ruggiano for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of A.J. Griffin. The Rangers are gambling that no one will claim Ruggiano off waivers -- and they'll surely be right -- and they can outright him to the minors. Ruggiano would forfeit his $1.65 million salary if he refuses the assignment, which obviously won't happen.
Apr 8 - 5:44 PM

Justin Ruggiano clubbed a pair of two-run homers in a 12-5 win over the Reds on Thursday.

Ruggiano had Anthony DeSclafani’s number on this day, taking him deep in the fourth inning and later in the sixth. Known mostly as a lefty-masher, he had just one home run in 49 plate appearances against right-handers last season and just three in 160 plate appearances vs. righties in 2014. He should be a pretty active bench player for Texas this season.
Mar 24 - 6:45 PM

The Rangers will work Justin Ruggiano out at first base this spring.

Ruggiano has played extensively at all three outfield spots, but his professional experience at first base consists of one inning at the position in 2012 at Triple-A. Ryan Rua will probably wind up being the Rangers' more realistic right-handed option at first base, but the club wants him to focus on left field for now after last season's heel issues.
Feb 23 - 5:42 PM

Rangers signed OF Justin Ruggiano to a one-year, $1.65 million contract.

Ruggiano posted a cool .805 OPS with six home runs and five stolen bases in 141 plate appearances this past season between the Mariners and Dodgers. He typically gets exposed when a team tries to make him an everyday player, but the toolsy 33-year-old outfielder is a pretty nice addition to the Texas bench for 2016.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 02:01:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers and free agent outfielder Justin Ruggiano are closing in on a one-year major league contract.

The Dodgers outrighted Ruggiano to Triple-A Oklahoma City in early November, but he elected free agency in lieu of the assignment. In 125 at-bats between the Mariners and Dodgers in 2015, the 33-year-old outfielder hit .248/.333/.472 with six homers and 15 RBI, plus five steals.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 06:05:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano has elected free agency.

He had been outrighted off the Dodgers' 40-man roster and has decided to look for a gig elsewhere. Ruggiano hit .248/.333/.472 while splitting time between the Mariners and Dodgers last season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 12:43:00 PM

Dodgers sent OF Justin Ruggiano outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ruggiano hit .248/.333/.472 while splitting time between the Mariners and Dodgers last season. The 33-year-old is particularly effective against left-handed pitching and should find a job as a bench bat this winter.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 10:38:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano has been informed that he will be on the Dodgers' roster for the NLDS.

Ruggiano is a versatile defensive outfielder and batted .291/.350/.618 in 60 plate appearances after joining the Dodgers on September 1. He probably won't get a start against the Mets, but look for the 33-year-old right-handed-hitter to make some appearances in the later innings.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano hit a grand slam with the Dodgers down 12-0 in the ninth Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Now there's some major league stat-padding from a guy who spent much of the year in Triple-A. He's been terrific playing against lefties for the Dodgers, going 6-for-15 with three homers, two doubles and 10 RBI in six games.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 01:23:00 AM

Justin Ruggiano led off Tuesday's win against the Angels with a solo home run, finishing 2-for-5.

Ruggiano belted an Andrew Heaney fastball to straightaway center field, putting the Dodgers up 1-0 early. He also doubled but was stranded in the third inning. In five games since joining the Dodgers, Ruggiano has two homers, six RBI, and has hit consecutively in four games.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 01:29:00 AM

Dodgers acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations; purchased his contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Ruggiano was removed from the Mariners' 40-man roster back in early June after batting just .214/.321/.357 over 81 plate appearances. He's hit .296/.385/.514 with 10 homers at Triple-A Tacoma and boasts a career .266/.331/.505 line in his career against lefties. He'll give the Dodgers some outfield depth with Yasiel Puig (hamstring) and Enrique Hernandez (hamstring) on the shelf.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 12:32:00 AM

Justin Ruggiano clubbed three homers Saturday in a win for Triple-A Tacoma.

He plated seven of Tacoma's 14 runs. Saturday was the veteran's second career three-homer game. Ruggiano was designated for assignment on June 5 and optioned to Triple-A after going unclaimed on waivers. The 33-year-old hit .214 in 36 games for the Mariners before being sent down.
Source: MILB.com
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Mariners sent OF Justin Ruggiano outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

He was designated for assignment last week but passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to provide organizational outfield depth for the Mariners. He was hitting just .214/.321/.357 with two homers and three RBI in 81 plate appearances.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 03:42:00 PM

Mariners designated OF Justin Ruggiano for assignment.

With Mark Trumbo added to the roster, there was simply no room for the lefty killer. He will look to latch on elsewhere.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 07:05:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Bryan Holaday
3Chris Gimenez
4Brett Nicholas
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Ryan Rua
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Ian Desmond
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Delino DeShields
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Nomar Mazara
DH1Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Yu Darvish
3Derek Holland
4Martin Perez
5Colby Lewis
6A.J. Griffin
7Cesar Ramos
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Sam Dyson
3Keone Kela
4Jake Diekman
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers