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Keibert Ruiz

Keibert Ruiz

C | B/T: S/R | 6' 0" 200 | Age: 21
Valencia, Venezuela
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 40 38 6 12 2 9 0 .316 .350 .474 .824
Career Minors 1580 1439 188 430 29 199 4 .299 .351 .420 .772
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .316 2 9 0 .824
Career Minors .299 29 199 4 .772

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 DSL Dodgers DSL ROK 44 159 150 14 45 8 1 1 19 8 15 4 2 1 .300 .340 .387 .726
2016 2 Teams Minors 56 245 222 33 83 22 3 2 48 15 27 0 0 3 .374 .412 .527 .939
2016 AZL Dodgers AZL ROK 8 39 33 5 16 4 1 0 15 3 4 0 0 1 .485 .513 .667 1.179
2016 Ogden Raptors PIO ROK 48 206 189 28 67 18 2 2 33 12 23 0 0 2 .354 .393 .503 .896
2017 2 Teams Minors 101 411 376 58 119 23 2 8 51 25 53 0 0 4 .316 .361 .452 .813
2017 Great Lakes Loons MID A(Full) 63 251 227 34 72 16 1 2 24 18 30 0 0 3 .317 .372 .423 .795
2017 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes CAL A(Adv) 38 160 149 24 47 7 1 6 27 7 23 0 0 1 .315 .344 .497 .840
2018 Tulsa Drillers TEX AA 101 415 377 44 101 14 0 12 47 26 33 0 1 9 .268 .328 .401 .728
2019 2 Teams Minors 85 350 314 39 82 9 0 6 34 30 22 0 0 4 .261 .331 .347 .679
2019 Tulsa Drillers TEX AA 76 310 276 33 70 9 0 4 25 28 21 0 0 4 .254 .329 .330 .659
2019 Oklahoma City Dodgers PCL AAA 9 40 38 6 12 0 0 2 9 2 1 0 0 0 .316 .350 .474 .824

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55

Ruiz earned a $140,000 bonus out of Venezuela in 2014 because of his defensive prowess, then delighted the Dodgers by batting .374/.412/.527 in his U.S. debut at age 17 two years later. He has blossomed into one of the game's best all-around catching prospects while getting promoted aggressively, spending 2018 as the second-youngest regular (age 19) in the Double-A Texas League. He shared time at Tulsa with Will Smith, another prime catching prospect who's four years older but doesn't have as much offensive upside.

A switch-hitter, Ruiz has been much more effective from the left side of the plate and only one of his 23 homers in his first four pro seasons came from the right side. The toughest batter to strike out in the Texas League last season (12.6 plate appearances per whiff), he excels at making contact thanks to his advanced feel for the barrel and disciplined approach. He has solid raw power and could hit 15-20 homers on an annual basis once he hunts more pitches to drive and hits more balls in the air.

Ruiz is quicker than most catchers and moves well behind the plate. He has soft hands and frames the ball well, though he has occasional lapses of consistency with his receiving. He has average to solid arm strength but threw out just 24 percent of basestealers in his first two years in full-season ball.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/10/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers activated C Keibert Ruiz.
10/03/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers reassigned C Keibert Ruiz to the minor leagues.
09/30/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers recalled C Keibert Ruiz from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
08/05/2019 Oklahoma City Dodgers placed C Keibert Ruiz on the 7-day injured list retroactive to August 4, 2019.
07/21/2019 C Keibert Ruiz assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers from Tulsa Drillers.
03/11/2019 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned C Keibert Ruiz to Tulsa Drillers.
11/20/2018 Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of Keibert Ruiz from Tulsa Drillers.
07/22/2018 Tulsa Drillers activated C Keibert Ruiz from the temporarily inactive list.
07/14/2018 Tulsa Drillers placed C Keibert Ruiz on the temporarily inactive list.
01/30/2018 Los Angeles Dodgers invited non-roster C Keibert Ruiz to spring training.
09/12/2017 C Keibert Ruiz assigned to Tulsa Drillers from Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
07/09/2017 C Keibert Ruiz assigned to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes from Great Lakes Loons.
04/03/2017 C Keibert Ruiz assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Ogden Raptors.
03/23/2017 C Keibert Ruiz assigned to Los Angeles Dodgers.
07/02/2016 C Keibert Ruiz assigned to Ogden Raptors from AZL Dodgers.
06/20/2016 C Keibert Ruiz assigned to AZL Dodgers.
05/29/2015 C Keibert Ruiz assigned to DSL Dodgers.
07/20/2014 Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent C Keibert Ruiz to a minor league contract.