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Ryon Healy

Ryon Christopher Healy

Height: 6'4"    Weight: 232

Bats/Throws: Right / Right

Born: 01/10/1992 in West Hills, California

College: University of Oregon

Acquired: In trade from the Oakland Athletics, for Emilio Pagan and Alexander Campos (11/15/2017)

MLB Debut: 07/15/2016

Free Agent after: 2022 season

Twitter handle: @rchealy25

First base was not a productive position for the M's last year, to say the least. The lion's share of playing time went to Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso, who combined to hit .258 and strike out 152 times. Both of them left as free agents and the guy waiting in the Tacoma wings, Daniel Vogelbach, had been a bust so far at the big-league level. Enter Healy, a young slugger with moderate power and some Major League success under his belt in a year-plus with Oakland. 

Healy came up as a third baseman, but proved to be a liability at the hot corner. Shifting him over to first mitigates his defensive shortcomings, but whether he can play an average first base remains to be seen. Healy did play 30+ games at first with the A's and did OK; nothing to write home about but nothing embarrassing, either. Healy got a late start to his spring thanks to offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his right (throwing) hand and didn't play in any cactus league games until March 17th.