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 is resting Sunday, giving way to fellow backstop Riley Adams behind the plate. Ruiz has been on fire at the plate, homering in back-to-back games and slashing .433/.469/.700 in his last seven. He's looking like a good streaming option for the final week of the season, as well as a potential top-10 catcher in 2022. Still, fantasy managers should remove him from their lineups for Sunday's matchup with the Cincinnati Reds.
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz went deep again Saturday, making it back-to-back days with home runs for the young catcher. Ruiz went 1-for-4 in the game, with the solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored. He now has three long balls for the season, and is slashing .340/.397/.509 with 12 RBI in his last 15 games. Ruiz is a must-add in two catcher redraft leagues, as well as in all dynasty and keeper formats.
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz continued his offensive emergence Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. It was Ruiz's first home run as a National and his second this season. Ruiz has slashed a robust .500/.516/.667 with eight RBI over his last seven games, and he now has a four-game hitting streak with four three-hit performances in his last seven outings. Ruiz could be worth an addition for the stretch run, especially in two-catcher formats.
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.