Ryon Healy
Healy with the Oakland Athletics
Free Agent
First baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1992-01-10) January 10, 1992 (age 29)
West Hills, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 15, 2016, for the Oakland Athletics
KBO: April 4, 2021, for the Hanwha Eagles
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average.261
Home runs69
Runs batted in214
KBO statistics
(through July 4, 2021)
Batting average.257
Home runs7
Runs batted in37
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Ryon Cristopher Healy (born January 10, 1992) is an American professional baseball first baseman and third baseman who is currently a free agent. He previously played for the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners and for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

Amateur career

Healy attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California.[1] Undrafted out of high school, Healy enrolled at the University of Oregon, where he played college baseball as a first baseman for the Oregon Ducks. As a junior, Healy set a Ducks single-season record with 56 runs batted in (RBIs), and a career record with 118 RBIs. In 2011, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and returned to the league in 2012 with an all-star season for the Brewster Whitecaps.[2][3]

Professional career

Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics selected Healy in the third round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. Healy signed with the Athletics.[4]

In 2014, Healy played for the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League, finishing the season with a .285 batting average, 16 home runs, and 83 RBIs. While playing for the Midland RockHounds of the Class AA Texas League in 2015, Healy was named an All-Star.[5] He was also named Texas League Player of the Week twice.[6]

Without an invite to big league camp, Healy returned to Midland to begin the 2016 season.[7] However, Healy went on to hit .338 with 8 home runs and 34 RBI in 36 games before earning a promotion to the Nashville Sounds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He appeared in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game as Oakland's lone representative,[8][9] and earned an unlikely promotion to the major leagues on July 15.[10] In 49 games with Nashville, Healy hit .318 with 6 home runs and 30 RBI, splitting time at first base and third base.

Upon his promotion, Healy was immediately inserted by manager Bob Melvin as the team's third baseman, supplanting Danny Valencia.[11] He recorded his first major league hit, a 3-run home run, on July 16 in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. On July 24, Healy hit a walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays, capping a three-run ninth-inning rally.[12] On October 3, Healy was named the AL Rookie of the Month for the month of September, when he hit .355 with 7 home runs and 19 RBI to conclude his breakout season.[13] In 72 games, Healy hit .305/.337/.524 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI, with a batting average that led all qualified AL rookies, reaching as high as third in the batting order.[14]

Coming off of an impressive 2016, Healy was expected to enter 2017 as Oakland's permanent third baseman. However, plans changed when the team signed Trevor Plouffe on January 10, 2017, and was named the starting third baseman by general manager David Forst on January 18.[15] The move allowed Healy to move to his natural position at first base. In early 2017, he has split time between first base and designated hitter. He finished the season with a .271 average with 25 home runs and 78 runs batted in.

Seattle Mariners

On November 15, 2017, the Athletics traded Healy to the Seattle Mariners for Emilio Pagan and Alexander Campos.[16] In his first season with the Mariners, Healy hit .235 with 24 home runs and 73 runs batted in. The following season, Healy suffered multiple injuries while shifting from playing first base to third base. He was declared out for the season on August 2, 2019 as he would undergo hip surgery. He was outrighted off of the Mariners roster on October 28.[17]

Milwaukee Brewers

On December 17, 2019, Healy signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[18] On October 30, 2020, Healy was outrighted off of the 40-man roster. He elected free agency on November 3, 2020.

Hanwha Eagles

On December 5, 2020, Healy signed a one-year, $800K deal with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO League.[19] Healy played in 67 games with Hanwha in 2021, batting .257/.306/.394 with 7 home runs and 37 RBI. On July 4, 2021, Healy was released by the Eagles.[20]

References

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  4. ^ "Oregon baseball: Ryon Healy signs with the Oakland Athletics". OregonLive.com. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "ROCKHOUNDS: Healy honored to be making 1st All-Star Game appearance". MRT.com. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ryon Healy, former Ducks' baseball player, named Texas League Player of the Week again". OregonLive.com. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Buscheck, Karl (July 23, 2016). "Healy emerges as unlikely face of youth movement". San Francisco Examiner.
  8. ^ "A's Ryon Healy on U.S. Futures Game team". MLB.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Ryon Healy goes 2-for-3 in Futures Game". MLB.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  10. ^ Slusser, Susan (July 15, 2016). "A's to call up infielder Ryon Healy for big-league debut". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  11. ^ Hickey, John (July 15, 2016). "Ryon Healy arrives and Billy Burns is demoted, so Danny Valencia, Coco Crisp can count on seeing diminished time". Inside the A's.
  12. ^ Chiarelli, Mark (July 24, 2016). "Healy plays hero as A's stage another stunner". MLB.com.
  13. ^ "Ryon Healy Named AL Rookie of the Month". MLB.com. October 3, 2016.
  14. ^ Buscheck, Karl (September 21, 2016). "Ryon Healy hits third for A's for second time". San Francisco Examiner.
  15. ^ Stiglich, Joe (January 18, 2017). "PLOUFFE WILL PUSH HEALY AWAY FROM THIRD BASE, BUT NOT COMBATIVE SITUATION". CSN Bay Area.
  16. ^ Johns, Greg (November 15, 2017). "Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's". MLB.com. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  17. ^ Lauren Smith (October 29, 2019). "Mariners outright Bradford, Healy, Sadzeck to Triple-A Tacoma". The News Tribune. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  18. ^ Reece Van Haaften (December 17, 2019). "Brewers sign Ryon Healy to one-year contract". WSAW-TV. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  19. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/12/ryon-healy-signs-with-kbos-hanwha-eagles.html
  20. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/07/kbos-hanwha-eagles-release-ryon-healy-considering-signing-hernan-perez.html