Keibert Ruiz Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 227 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/20/1998 (25)
Keibert Ruiz Season Stats
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Keibert Ruiz News
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (head) is back behind the dish doing the catching and is batting cleanup for the Nats on Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays and right-hander Kevin Gausman. A foul tip to Ruiz's mask last week caused him to get light-headed, and he missed two of the three games over the weekend after returning to action on Friday night. Monday's game will be the first time that the 25-year-old has resumed catching duties, so it sounds like he's feeling better. Ruiz has been swinging a hot bat in the month of August to this point, so fantasy managers will hope he won't miss a beat at the plate. In 21 games (19 starts) since Aug. 1, he's gone 26-for-75 (.347) with four home runs, five doubles, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored.
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (head) is out of the starting lineup for the second straight day on Sunday in the series finale against the Miami Marlins. Ruiz missed a game earlier this week due to light-headedness after taking a foul tip off his catcher's mask. He returned to action and went 2-for-5 on Friday, but he'll now miss a second straight game and could still be a bit foggy. Riley Adams is doing the catching on Sunday and will hit seventh against Marlins right-hander JT Chargois. Check back to see if Ruiz is back in the lineup on Monday for the start of a series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 25-year-old backstop is currently riding a four-game hitting streak, going 5-for-16 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (head) is back in the lineup as the designated hitter and is batting cleanup on Friday against Miami Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett. Riley Adams will do the catching and bat seventh. The Nationals scratched Ruiz due to light-headedness in Thursday's series finale against the New York Yankees after he took a foul tip off his mask on Wednesday. The 25-year-old backstop appears to have avoided a concussion, though, and he'll be back in action this weekend for a series against the Fish. Fantasy managers will want to get him back into their lineups, as Ruiz has been on fire at the plate this month, going 23-for-69 (.333) with four home runs, five doubles, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored in 19 games (18 starts).
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.