Ryon Healy makes his MLB debut
The A’s 16th rated prospect started the year playing with Double-A Midland. Corner infielder Ryon Healy probably didn’t think he’d have a chance to play third base for Oakland’s big league team for the second half of the season.
He started for the A’s at third Friday night, playing third and batting in the ninth position. Prior to the start of Friday’s game the A’s talked to third baseman Danny Valencia who will have his playing time cut and no longer be playing third base.
This job is basically Healy’s to lose. He’ll be working on defense with Ron Washing, like Semien did so much in 2015, because he is a natural first baseman. The team made a big statement as to where the team is headed on Friday when they announced the demotion of Billy Burns to Triple-A and the promotion of Healy to the big league club.
“Being in the position we are in (referring to the team being 39-51), we have to find out about some guys. This guy is going to be here, and he’s going to play third base.’’
The 24-year-old, drafted in the third round by the Athletics out of the University of Oregon where he set a record for the most career RBI with 118 after only playing three seasons for the Ducks, had already had a big moment this week.
Healy was chosen to represent the Athletics on the U.S. team in the All-Star Futures game on Monday. Healy made a splash going 2-3 with a strikeout and a walk in that game while playing some solid defense.
The A’s must have seen something that they really liked about Healy, besides the fact that he’s hitting a combined .326/.382/.588 this season with 14 home runs and 64 RBI between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville.
Friday night Healey found himself suited up in green and gold, wearing a pair of brand new white cleats about to face the formidable Toronto Blue Jays.
Healy went 0-3 with a strikeout against the Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman. He hit a ball hard in the fourth inning but it couldn’t get by Toronto’s shortstop Troy Tulowitzki who got the ball to second baseman Devon Travis for the forceout.
It appears that A’s fans will be seeing a lot of Ryon Healy over the next few months unless he for some reason plays poorly enough to lose the job, which thus far doesn’t appear to be a possibility.
Back in Midland, Texas in April Healy probably didn’t expect to play in the Futures Game, let alone be giving the chance to play in the big leagues for half the season. However, that’s where he now finds himself, now it’s time to prove to himself and everyone else that third base in the big leagues is where he belongs.
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