Reported: 8/20/2014 Risk: 2 ETA: 2015 Team Rank: 21 Positional Rank: NA Overall Rank: NA
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Rua started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a home run in Saturday's spring training win over Oakland. He's hitting .327 with three home runs this spring. (3/25/2017)
|Profile: There are more than a few lefty-mashing bench bats in the majors. The best, like Jayson Werth or Brian Dozier, break the platoon shackles and emerge as star players. Most wilt into obscurity. Rua appears destined to follow the latter path. Over his career, he's slashed .277/.328/.451 in 201 plate appearances versus southpaws. His 2016 platoon line of .284/.353/.441 accounts for about half his career experience. This is certainly acceptable work, but it's not the kind of production teams will pay rising arbitration costs to keep. He has maybe one or two more years to find a lot more bat. Once he can no longer be optioned off the 25-man roster, he'll be at risk of the dreaded DFA. His fantasy value is currently similarly limited. (Brad Johnson)|
The Quick Opinion: They don't come more nondescript than Rua. He's a generic-looking guy with mediocre-bad numbers versus right-handed pitching and mediocre-good numbers versus southpaws.