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
For a while it looked like Healy was going to finally be the guy that gave the M's a decent season of production from the first-base position. Sadly, that impression was faulty; through four-plus months of the season, the University of Oregon product has posted one of the worst on-base percentages of any regular in the big leagues. He has power, true, and has connected for a few big home runs to help win games, but if you're only batting .230-something, you really need to be able to take a base on balls once in a while, and Healy's walk rate is—you ready?—4%. Four. Percent. Consistently, both this year and career.
The numbers aren't quite so terrible at home; Healy's average and OBP are both about 50 points higher at Safeco Field, and two-thirds of his home runs have been hit there. And he has been much better than anticipated in the field—he was such a brutal defensive liability with the A's last couple of years (playing mostly third base), not much was expected of him with the leather, but he's shown real chops at first. The one area that he's put up solid numbers in is day games. Playing in the afternoons, Healy's hit .292/.344/.611, a huge difference from his overall line. Maybe he's an early riser that fades at night, or he needs direct sunlight to see the ball. Regardless, those factors aren't enough to make up for his shortcomings, and he figures to be the odd man out when Robinson Canó returns to the lineup.
Healy has a temper—manager Scott 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.