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Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners outfielder

Justin Ruggiano

poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Ruggiano Hits First Homerun of Spring

The Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs this offseason. The 32-year-old is locked into a platoon out in right field with Seth Smith. The right-handed hitting Ruggiano will get consistent at bats this season against southpaws. On Saturday afternoon, Ruggiano stepped to the plate in the 3rd inning and hit his first homerun of the spring. The long ball was of the three run variety, and really sparked the rest of the offense.

Justin Ruggiano has really shined since getting extended playing time with the Marlins in 2012. He has hit .258, with 31 homeruns, 86 RBI’s, and 29 stolen bases across 712 at bats over the past three seasons. The Austin, TX product has hit .266 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI’s over the course of 398 career at bats versus left-handed pitching. Ruggiano was a nice under the radar pickup by the M’s this offseason, and hopefully he is able to build off of today’s impressive output.

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