Keibert Ruiz Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/20/1998 (23)
Keibert Ruiz Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Keibert Ruiz News
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz isn't in the team's starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and left-hander Julio Urias. Ruiz has enjoyed a strong season at the plate so far for Washington, batting .283 with a .343 on-base percentage, a home run, and two stolen bases in 140 plate appearances. Riley Adams will start behind the plate on Wednesday instead and hit sixth. In 45 plate appearances this season, the 26-year-old has hit a pair of home runs while batting .214 with a .267 on-base percentage. Fantasy managers looking for streaming help at catcher are probably better off looking elsewhere given the tough matchup with Urias.
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz had a strong day at the dish on Thursday, going 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI in the 9-7 loss against the Colorado Rockies. The backstop hit his first home run of the year and added a double to his line. Ruiz is batting .275 with five runs, nine RBI, and is striking out just 9.4% of the time over 21 games. The 23-year-old has a lot of potential moving forward, but in terms of fantasy, he should be viewed as just a batting average contributor who won't help much in other categories.
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (rest) won't be in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This appears to be a routine day off for the switch-hitting catcher. Fellow youngster Riley Adams will cover behind the plate and bat eighth versus lefty Jose Quintana. As of right now, neither catcher is bringing much to the plate in terms of fantasy value. However, both players do have upside and hit well during their time in the minors.
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.