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
After several years of mediocrity (at best) from the first-base position, the Mariners are getting pretty decent season out of Ryon Healy. His numbers aren't going to blow you away, but Healy's come through in some tough spots—in high-leverage situations, his batting line is about 50 points higher across the board than his overall slash line. Perhaps more importantly, Healy has defied expectations in a big way on defense—a third baseman through his minor-league career, he proved to be a liability at the hot corner when he reached the Majors with the Athletics; last year the A's tried him at first (he'd also played the position in college with the University of Oregon) but mostly used him as a DH, and whether he could be an even average first baseman was an open question when the Mariners traded for him. Not any more. He's not going to win a Gold Glove, but he has proven himself to be more than just adequate at the position and has even made a few highlight-reel plays with the mitt. In the words of manager Scott Servais, Healy has been "better than we anticipated." Understate much?
Healy has a temper—Servais calls him "combustive"—and you can see it on the field when something doesn't go his way. If he has a couple of bad at-bats, Servais says, things in the dugout or clubhouse can get loud. "He’s yelling at himself or taking it out on his equipment." Healy even got in teammate Dee Gordon's face when Gordon called him off a popup in the first-base region in a recent game.
The California native would probably like it if even more games on the schedule were against the Angels—for his career, he's hit .298 against them (tops vs. any team he has 50+ plate appearances against), and this year his line against the Halos is an unreal .478/.500/1.174.