With starting center fielder, Emilio Bonifacio out for 4 to 6 weeks, the Miami Marlins needed outfield depth. The Marlins today completed a trade with the Houston Astros to get some outfield depth.
Ruggiano, 30, has appeared in 98 games of Major League games, with the Tampa Bay Rays, in which he hit .226 with 23 RBIs and six homers. This season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, he has hit .325 with five home runs. During his Rays’ tenure, Ruggiano saw time at all three outfield spots.
Ruggiano will initially will report to Triple-A New Orleans and could be an option for the Marlins to call up soon.
Jobduan Morales was selected in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft by the Miami Marlins. Morales, 20, hit .275 in 55 games between Single-A Greensboro and Rookie Level Jamestown last season. Morales has spent the 2012 season in extended spring training, and will likely do the same for the Astros.