Athletics Ryon Healy has been a pleasant surprise since he was promoted. Could he now be a deep waiver wire add moving forward?
The Oakland Athletics entered the 2016 season knowing that it would be a rebuilding year, with the hope that they could at least remain competitive for most of the season before trying to replenish their farm system at the trade deadline. The A’s continued this strategy by promoting Ryon Healy, and slotting him in as the starting third basemen over the incumbent, Danny Valencia.
Healy was a third round pick for the Athletics in 2013 out of the University of Oregon. He was never billed as a top prospect, but scouts praised him for his gap to gap approach, and his ability to consistency make contact. The 24-year-old has hit at every level, batting at least .285 in each of his last three minor league seasons. The A’s were hard pressed not to promote in 2016 as he was in the midst of his best minor league campaign, posting a .326/14 HR/64 RBI/.940 OPS line.
Oakland has struggled getting consistency from their offense, making Healy ‘s numbers even harder to ignore. On the surface it would seem that Healy would be a bench option thanks to Valencia’s .300 AVG, but the Athletics rather displace Valencia in favor of Healy.
Coming on the heels of hitting a walk off homer on July 23, Healy has posted a .281/2 HR/7 RBI/.866 OPS line over his first nine games.
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Healy stands in at 6’5 and 220+ pounds, so there seems to be room for growth power wise. His career high in HR is 16 in 2014, but he was on pace to surpass that this season at AAA. Healy has also been able to notch at least 28 Doubles in each of the last three seasons as well, so he is clearly able to notch plenty of extra base hits.
Another part of his success is his eye at the plate. In a day and age of astronomical strikeout numbers, Healy has never struck out more than 82 times in a full season at the minor league level, allowing his OBP to remain steady.
Playing in the O.co Coliseum will surely not help his power numbers, but hitting near the middle of the lineup behind the likes of Khris Davis, will surely help his counting stats. Healy may not profile as a corner infield masher, but moving forward, fantasy owners can add him for his solid AVG and modest power. He may not win fantasy owners their season, but he is a nice piece to add to the back end of a fantasy lineup as the playoffs approach.