Ryan Rua
Ryan Rua
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Rua's respectable career numbers against left-handed pitching and ability to play first base and the corner outfield have regularly afforded him starts on the short end of a platoon over his past two seasons with the Rangers. However, his performance versus southpaws took a dramatic step back last season compared to his strong 2016 showing, with Rua slashing an unremarkable .262/.318/.377 (82 wRC+) in 67 plate appearances. A steep uptick in his strikeout rate (from 28.3 to 36.1 percent) seems to be the primary culprit behind Rua's struggles, and if he fails to show improvement in that regard early on in 2018, he could be pushed off the 40-man roster. With Joey Gallo holding his own against lefties last season and stud prospect Willie Calhoun likely joining the corner-outfield ranks on a full-time basis in 2018, the Rangers won't have much reason to exercise patience with Rua. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $870,000 contract with the Rangers in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Reinstated from DL
OFTexas Rangers
September 10, 2018
Rua (back) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday.
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Rua, who resumed running and swinging a bat over the weekend, is back with the Rangers after spending more than six weeks on the disabled list with a back injury. The 28-year-old should provide outfield depth while offering a right-handed bat off the bench for the Rangers. Prior to injuring himself, Rua hit just .194/.223/.371 with six homers in 56 games for the big club.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+62%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .749 247 36 9 22 5 .257 .321 .428
Since 2016vs Right .597 302 37 8 24 9 .207 .270 .327
2018vs Left .723 64 9 4 8 2 .203 .266 .458
2018vs Right .447 72 7 2 4 1 .174 .171 .275
2017vs Left .695 67 7 1 4 1 .262 .318 .377
2017vs Right .567 77 10 2 8 1 .176 .273 .294
2016vs Left .795 116 20 4 10 2 .284 .353 .441
2016vs Right .683 153 20 4 12 7 .239 .314 .370
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .704 289 45 10 29 8 .238 .311 .392
Since 2016Away .623 260 28 7 17 6 .219 .272 .350
2018Home .565 84 13 5 8 0 .163 .190 .375
2018Away .593 52 3 1 4 3 .229 .260 .333
2017Home .676 85 13 2 8 2 .240 .329 .347
2017Away .556 59 4 1 4 0 .185 .241 .315
2016Home .821 120 19 3 13 6 .295 .383 .438
2016Away .659 149 21 5 9 3 .230 .289 .370
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How does Ryan Rua compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.11
 
BB Rate
3.7%
 
K Rate
34.6%
 
BABIP
.237
 
ISO
.172
 
AVG
.188
 
OBP
.216
 
SLG
.359
 
OPS
.576
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Although he won the starting left field job out of spring training in 2015, Rua had no such luck in the 2016 season. He still managed to crack the Opening Day roster, but the 26-year-old was relegated to a bench role after the Rangers signed Ian Desmond to fill out the outfield. Despite this initial position, Rua managed to garner quite a bit of playing time at the major league level due to the injury woes of Shin-Soo Choo, and he filled in capably. The 2011 17th-round draft pick even logged 31 starts at first base over the course of the season, giving him additional positional eligibility headed into the 2017 campaign. Rua still finds far more success against left-handed pitching than against right-handers, but given the Rangers' potential vacancy -- part-time or more -- at first base and designated hitter, there is a good chance that he could move into at least a few starts per week in 2017. That's worth speculation in AL-only fantasy leagues.
Rua earned the starting left-field spot for Texas to begin the year but suffered an ankle injury in the first week and was held out of action until mid-June as a result. Upon his return, Rua was afforded a brief stretch of semi-regular playing time until the acquisition of Mike Napoli in early August resulted in a trip to the minors. Rua's name was included among the Rangers' September callups, but he logged all of three at-bats over the season's final month. The results in 86 plate appearances were unsightly and he didn't fare much better at Triple-A Round Rock. It's possible that Rua will get a chance to earn the left field job once again in spring training, but the plate skills have not translated to the major league level to this point (2.6% BB%, 25.6% K%).
Rua has some power but does not profile as an everyday player, nor does he have a visible avenue to significant playing time with the Rangers this season. Injuries to the big league club last season allowed him to appear in 28 games in the majors, primarily in left field and at first base. However, Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland have first base taken care of heading into 2015, and it is unlikely that the Rangers would go into spring training looking at Rua as an everyday option in left. There also won’t be an opening for him at second base or third base, two positions he was featured at prominently in the minor leagues. He could make the team as a utility option or on the short side of a left-field platoon, as his splits are better against southpaws, but Rua is unlikely to be a legitimate fantasy option in standard formats.
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Performing baseball activites
OFTexas Rangers
Back
September 8, 2018
Rua (back) is running and swinging a bat, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Receives anti-inflammation injection
OFTexas Rangers
Back
September 2, 2018
Rua (back) had an anti-inflammation injection Friday after being recalled from his minor-league assignment, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Beginning rehab assignment
OFTexas Rangers
Back
August 27, 2018
Rua (back) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Monday.
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Placed on DL
OFTexas Rangers
Back
July 28, 2018
Rua (back) was moved to the 10-day disabled list Saturday.
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Scratched due to back spasms
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July 27, 2018
Rua will be held out of Friday's game against the Astros due to back spasms, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.
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