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Ruben Cardenas

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Ruben Cardenas
Name: Ruben Cardenas
Born: Oct 10, 1997 in Los Angeles, Calif. USA
High School: Bishop Alemay HS, Los Angeles
College: Cal State Fullerton
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 185 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 16th round (493rd overall) by the Cleveland Indians in 2018 (signed for $125,000)
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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