After last night’s game, the Miami Marlins told Kevin Mattison to pack his bags and head back to New Orleans. The move was announced today and the Marlins purchased the contract of newly acquired Justin Ruggiano. To make room for Ruggiano on the Marlins 40-man roster, Jose Ceda, who had Tommy John Surgery, was moved to the 60-day DL.
Ruggiano, a right-handed hitting outfielder, was obtained on Saturday from the Houston Astros for Minor League catcher Jobduan Morales.
In 39 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, Ruggiano had a slash line of .325/.409/.581 with 5 home runs. Ruggiano has always posted a decent walk rate in his minor league career, but he has been unable to translate that into any MLB success.
Ruggiano has 207 career at-bats in 98 career games. Last season Ruggiano posted a line of .248/.273/.400 for the Tampa Bay Rays and owns a career .226/.262/.359. Marlins fans should not expect much from Ruggiano going forward, he is a perfect example of a Quad-A type player.