Keibert Ruiz Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/20/1998 (22)
Keibert Ruiz Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Keibert Ruiz News
Los Angeles Dodgers catching prospect Keibert Ruiz put on a power show at the Triple-A level on Friday. The 22-year-old catcher slugged with fifth and sixth homers of the year in his 17th minor league game. He should easily surpass his previous career-high of 12 in 101 games set back in 2018. The offensive outburst on Friday also raised Ruiz's batting average to .300. He has shown an excellent approach at the plate in 2021 with a BB-K of 7-9. He appears to be MLB-ready, but solid catching options at the MLB level have kept this young hitter in the minors. If the Dodgers are in the market for an impact arm this summer, Ruiz could be the player that helps seal the deal which could instantly make him relevant in 2021 redraft leagues.
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Kiebert Ruiz drew the start against the Mariners on Wednesday with manager Dave Roberts giving catcher Austin Barnes the day off. Barnes had started in seven of Dodgerss last eight games with starter Will Smith (neck) on the IL, giving Ruiz a chance to get some major league reps. A consensus top-100 prospect, Ruiz boasts an impressive hit tool that fueled a near-.300 career minor league batting average and 9.5% strikeout rate. Ruiz has also shown flashes of impressive raw power, though it hasnt translated to in-game performance given his career .121 ISO in the minor leagues. Still, Ruizs impressive contact skills should have him on the radar of fantasy players even if consistent major league playing time is out of reach for now.
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher William Smith was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Saturdays contest against the Angels, paving the way for the Dodgers No. 3 prospect, Keibert Ruiz, to earn his first big league call-up. Smiths official injury designation is neck inflammation, which has kept him out of the mix and allowed Austin Barnes to see primary catching duties, although the division of labor moving forward remains to be seen. Smith produced a .341 on-base percentage through his first 14 games, a by-product of walking more times (eight) than he has struck out (five). Neither Barnes nor Ruiz remains a season-long asset at this stage, as the Dodgers dont seem overly concerned about an extended absence for Smith.
Ruiz enters the 2021 season as a bit of an enigma which is somewhat odd to say given that we have six years of minor league data to peruse. Still just 22 years old, the young catcher has shown that he's capable of making a lot of contact and hitting for a strong average. But, historically, he doesn't hit for much pop. That's a bit of a difficult profile for a slow-footed catcher as putting a lot of balls in play on the ground doesn't benefit him as much as it would an average-or-better athlete. Toss in some serious questions about his defensive abilities and an overall lack of focus/effort at times, and we have some serious red flags. The catcher position is a very difficult position to succeed at and Ruiz has a lot of challenges stacked again him despite the natural hitting ability. With both Will Smith and Austin Barnes ahead of him and Diego Cartaya coming up behind him, we don't see much of a future for him in Los Angeles, even if the club seems hesitant to part with him. Ruiz's outlook might alter with a change of scenery and/or a good kick in the butt, however for now he has some value in dynasty leagues and limited intrigue in 2021 redraft leagues as a potential waiver wire pickup if injuries strike.