• Full name Ruben Cardenas
  • Born 10/10/1997 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Cal State Fullerton
  • Drafted in the 16th round (493rd overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2018 (signed for $125,000).
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    A high school teammate of Alex McKenna and a 37th-round pick of the Marlins in 2015, Cardenas missed most of last year with a back injury and received mixed reviews in his return in 2018. Cardenas is a physical righthanded hitter who shows flashes of offensive impact but struggles to put it together consistently. He plays with a slow motor and lacks explosiveness, and in the spring he never appeared comfortable in the batter's box, frequently changing his swing and timing mechanisms. He often sold out for power unsuccessfully and hit just three home runs while posting a .787 OPS. Cardenas fits best in right field with an above-average arm, but he'll need to hit to profile there. Those interested in Cardenas are banking on him regaining his power and explosiveness the further he moves away from his back injury. Others are more skeptical.

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  • OF Ruben Cardenas assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Tampa Bay Rays traded OF Ruben Cardenas to Philadelphia Phillies for cash.
  • OF Ruben Cardenas roster status changed by Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Tampa Bay Rays invited non-roster OF Ruben Cardenas to spring training.

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