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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 20)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
252 .219 7 22 28 0 46 -0.8
Birth Date7-20-1998
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age20 years, 6 months, 26 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
2015
2016
2017
2018
-0.82019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2015 DDO Rk 44 159 .261 .330 .353 .328 92 5.2 4.8 2.9 116 0 0.7 -2.3 0.2 0.6
2016 DOD Rk 8 39 .268 .346 .378 .516 100 6.7 1.2 0.4 231 0 -0.1 -0.8 2.7 0.3
2016 OGD Rk 48 206 .290 .353 .438 .389 103 10.8 6.1 1.6 140 0 -1.2 -1.6 2.0 0.7
2017 GRL A 63 251 .255 .327 .387 .355 97 9.6 7.0 2.3 127 0 -0.9 -3.2 3.8 0.9
2017 RCU A+ 38 160 .273 .337 .425 .333 106 6.2 4.4 2.6 129 0 -0.3 0.0 0.7 0.8
2018 TUL AA 101 415 .266 .336 .408 .266 109 -4.9 11.8 5.2 92 0 3.5 -3.8 -11.6 0.5
2018 GDD Wnt 13 56 .265 .360 .376 .292 89 1 1.6 0.5 110 0 0.0 -0.3 3.4 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2015 DDO Rk 159 150 14 45 8 1 1 58 19 8 15 4 2 .300 .340 .387 .087 0 0
2016 OGD Rk 206 189 28 67 18 2 2 95 33 12 23 0 0 .355 .393 .503 .148 3 0
2016 DOD Rk 39 33 5 16 4 1 0 22 15 3 4 0 0 .485 .513 .667 .182 2 0
2017 RCU A+ 160 149 24 47 7 1 6 74 27 7 23 0 0 .315 .344 .497 .181 3 0
2017 GRL A 251 227 34 72 16 1 2 96 24 18 30 0 0 .317 .372 .423 .106 2 1
2018 GDD Wnt 56 49 8 14 1 0 0 15 6 6 2 0 0 .286 .357 .306 .020 1 0
2018 TUL AA 415 377 44 101 14 0 12 151 47 26 33 0 1 .268 .328 .401 .133 3 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 LAN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d2019

Details
  • 2019. Contract selected by LA Dodgers 11/20/18.
  • Signed by LA Dodgers 7/20/14 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela. $0.14M signing bonus.

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 69)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 83 Carson Kelly 2015 0 DNP
2 81 Jake Bauers 2016 0 DNP
3 79 Freddie Freeman 2010 70
4 76 Ronald Torreyes 2013 0 DNP
5 75 Luis Arraez 2017 0 DNP
6 75 Cheslor Cuthbert 2013 0 DNP
7 75 Jonathan Schoop 2012 0 DNP
8 74 Orlando Arcia 2015 0 DNP
9 74 Dominic Smith 2015 0 DNP
10 74 Jeimer Candelario 2014 0 DNP
11 74 Jorge Polanco 2014 99
12 73 Jason Martin 2016 0 DNP
13 73 Kyle Tucker 2017 0 DNP
14 73 Jose Osuna 2013 0 DNP
15 73 Billy McKinney 2015 0 DNP
16 73 Alex Verdugo 2016 0 DNP
17 73 Francisco Lindor 2014 0 DNP
18 73 Luis Urias 2017 0 DNP
19 73 Jesse Winker 2014 0 DNP
20 73 Wilmer Flores 2012 0 DNP
21 73 Ruben Tejada 2010 71
22 73 Matt Dominguez 2010 0 DNP
23 72 Jurickson Profar 2013 87
24 72 Rougned Odor 2014 89
25 72 Sebastian Valle 2011 0 DNP
26 72 Ozzie Albies 2017 109
27 72 Maikel Franco 2013 0 DNP
28 72 Starlin Castro 2010 90
29 72 Tommy Joseph 2012 0 DNP
30 71 Victor Robles 2017 79
31 71 Ramon Flores 2012 0 DNP
32 71 Gavin Lux 2018 0 DNP
33 71 Jose Tabata 2009 0 DNP
34 71 J.P. Crawford 2015 0 DNP
35 71 Cedric Hunter 2008 0 DNP
36 70 Adrian Cardenas 2008 0 DNP
37 70 Carlos Correa 2015 128
38 70 Rafael Devers 2017 106
39 70 Danry Vasquez 2014 0 DNP
40 69 Edinson Rincon 2011 0 DNP
41 69 Gleyber Torres 2017 0 DNP
42 69 Ruddy Giron 2017 0 DNP
43 69 Chris Marrero 2009 0 DNP
44 69 Hanser Alberto 2013 0 DNP
45 69 Jahmai Jones 2018 0 DNP
46 69 Jon Singleton 2012 0 DNP
47 68 Edilio Colina 2009 0 DNP
48 68 Domingo Leyba 2016 0 DNP
49 68 Yeiler Peguero 2018 0 DNP
50 68 Michael De Leon 2017 0 DNP
51 68 Nick Gordon 2016 0 DNP
52 68 Franmil Reyes 2016 0 DNP
53 68 Jesus Sanchez 2018 0 DNP
54 68 Taylor Trammell 2018 0 DNP
55 67 Dante Bichette Jr. 2013 0 DNP
56 67 Javier Betancourt 2015 0 DNP
57 67 Omar Estevez 2018 0 DNP
58 66 Manny Machado 2013 97
59 66 Jason Heyward 2010 121
60 66 Wilfredo Tovar 2012 0 DNP
61 66 Jesus Montero 2010 0 DNP
62 66 Riley Unroe 2016 0 DNP
63 66 Josh Vitters 2010 0 DNP
64 66 Jamie Westbrook 2015 0 DNP
65 66 Delino DeShields 2013 0 DNP
66 66 Wendell Rijo 2016 0 DNP
67 66 Jefry Marte 2011 0 DNP
68 66 Dilson Herrera 2014 89
69 65 Zacrey Law 2017 0 DNP
70 65 Frederick Parejo 2011 0 DNP
71 65 Carlos Tocci 2016 0 DNP
72 65 Amed Rosario 2016 0 DNP
73 65 Nomar Mazara 2015 0 DNP
74 65 Jomar Reyes 2017 0 DNP
75 65 Christian Bethancourt 2012 0 DNP
76 65 Jose Peraza 2014 0 DNP
77 64 Justin Williams 2016 0 DNP
78 64 Bobby Borchering 2011 0 DNP
79 64 Elvis Andrus 2009 86
80 64 Aderlin Rodriguez 2012 0 DNP
81 64 Caleb Gindl 2009 0 DNP
82 64 Dorssys Paulino 2015 0 DNP
83 64 Randy Ventura 2018 0 DNP
84 64 Nick Noonan 2009 0 DNP
85 63 Francisco Pena 2010 0 DNP
86 63 Andrew Velazquez 2015 0 DNP
87 63 Lucius Fox 2018 0 DNP
88 63 Cito Culver 2013 0 DNP
89 63 Addison Russell 2014 0 DNP
90 63 Tyler Wade 2015 0 DNP
91 62 Hak-Ju Lee 2011 0 DNP
92 62 Trevor Story 2013 0 DNP
93 62 Luis Alexander Basabe 2017 0 DNP
94 62 Willi Castro 2017 0 DNP
95 62 Matt Davidson 2011 0 DNP
96 62 Darwin Perez 2010 0 DNP
97 62 Alen Hanson 2013 0 DNP
98 62 Gorkys Hernandez 2008 0 DNP
99 62 Edward Salcedo 2012 0 DNP
100 62 Jiovanni Mier 2011 0 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 If baseball player archetypes were collected onto a breakfast menu, switch-hitting catchers would most definitely be a well-made eggs Benedict. A lot has to come together to make it work, but when you get that Hollandaise popping with a proper dash of cayenne, and the eggs are poached all puffy-like, and there's a nice hearty, gently toasted English muffin underlining the whole thing ... mmph. Such is the promise for Ruiz, who thrived at High-A after a midseason promotion at the shockingly tender age of 18. He's got lightning in his wrists, with excellent bat speed and advanced framing the chief products at present. The standard slow-simmer caveats apply to Ruiz, just the same as any other precocious talent, but all the ingredients of a top-tier catching prospect are here (insert DroolingHomer.gif).
2017 Signed for $140,000, switch-hitting backstop Keibert Ruiz will be given every shot to stay behind the plate, and he showcases a promising future at it.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-12-12 17:00:00 (link to chat)For fantasy, which LAD catcher do you prefer, Will Smith or Keibert Ruiz?
(Mr. Fister from Arlington)
Ruiz (Mike Gianella)
2018-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just saw that Prospects 1500 awarded Royals MJ Melendez their catcher prospect of the year. Do you agree? He had a pretty monster year and seems to have some crazy tools as a hitter.
(Jack from Columbia)
I think I still prefer Keibert Ruiz, but Melendez is certainly in the conversation. (Mark Barry)
2018-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Francisco Mejia or Keibert Ruiz in dynasty?
(Keith from Putin Bay)
Mejia's better, and he's up, so that puts him firmly ahead for me. But I think Keibert is really good. (Mark Barry)
2018-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is it fair to assume Will Smith's value is at least on par with Keibert Ruiz's right now?
(Ryan from Montreal)
Well one made the top 50 and one didn't. Mostly because one is a better defensive catcher and four years younger. Smith is probably a 101 dude though. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-07-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hello! Thanks for your Q&A. My question is about Minor League catchers. It seems that we have more good ones than usual. I can name a dozen off the top of my (bald) head. Which Minor League catchers to you rate most likely to be good fantasy roster investments? Thanks!
(colonel from Oxford)
Hey Colonel, thanks for stopping by. We've had a nice little influx of catchers recently. MJ Melendez, Miguel Amaya, Keibert Ruiz, William Contreras, Ronaldo Hernandez. Good group and more I didn't name. I think I like Ruiz the best of any catcher in the minors followed by Hernandez. Ruiz is one of a handful of teens at Double-A and has a 7.7 K% (albeit mediocre production elsewhere, but he's 19!) (Eddy Almaguer)
2018-07-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you chat about Keibert Ruiz a bit? I know catching prospects are always volatile but what are your long-term thoughts on him?
(Anthony from Final Round)
I'm probably the low man on staff here. Just not a huge a believer in the bat quite yet. Others are much much much higher and think he's a very likely first-division starter and perhaps a higher end one. (Jarrett Seidler)
2018-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you rank the following catcher prospects for long term dynasty purposes: Keibert Ruiz, M.J. Melendez, Sean Murphy, and Ronaldo Hernandez? Thanks.
(cracker73 from Florida)
Melendez and Hernandez have the most offensive upside. Melendez is a slightly better bet to to stick although I imagine both will, then Ruiz, Murphy. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)Quien es mas macho- Fernando Tatis o Keibert Ruiz?
(Jim from Dynasty League)
Pure strength? I'll go with Keibert, but if we're talking who I'd rank higher, Tatio still has the edge. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-04-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which Dodgers catcher will be a top 10 future fantasy catcher. Will Smith? Keibert Ruiz? Both ? Neither ?
(Carl from San Antonio)
I'm going with Ruiz here. Arguably a top-3 catcher prospect, and his defense and arm are solid enough to stick there. Smith is playing all over, and though he has a good arm, his offensive upside isn't as high. (Kevin Jebens)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances Keibert Ruiz jumps into the top-ten in the next year or two?
(Matt from Albuquerque)
We aren't opposed to pushing a catcher hard (and we got pushback that Ruiz was still too low even after bumping him a bunch from early drafts). And you could argue he is a similar place Mejia was coming off 2016. So I guess I am sort of talking myself into this as a possibility. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)30 team fantasy league where all minor leaguers are owned. Would you trade Dakota Hudson and TJ Zeuch for Keibert Ruiz? Thinking being the pitchers upside are moderate and keibert could one day be a top 5 catcher if everything breaks right
(Bob from Bobathonia)
Yeah I think I'd do that. I'm the kind of fantasy player who'll always trade minor league pitchers. When they hit it can be a little embarrassing, but more often than not they kind of flame out or don't live up to their potential. Now, admittedly, catchers can be even worse. However, if you're patient and willing to wait, a project catcher can be a wonderful little asset to let mature on yr bench.

Worst case scenario, you have someone who you can flip down the line on potential. I like it. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-07-31 23:00:00 (link to chat)What is the ceiling for Keibert Ruiz?
(cracker73 from Florida)
I've held off long enough. I've only caught a couple games so far, I'm due for more Rancho this week. I really liked what I saw an awful lot, though. His glove was supposed to be behind his bat from what I'd heard, but I thought the receiving and movement was well advanced for a catcher his age. He's got really strong wrists, both for framin' and for accurate barrel delivery. I have no conclusions to offer yet, but first impressions here (make sure you're sitting down): http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=32306 (Wilson Karaman)
2017-07-31 23:00:00 (link to chat)How excited should I be about Keibert Ruiz? Is he capable of becoming an elite prospect?
(Matt from LA)
I will reiterate: very. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-07-25 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Keibert Ruiz a top 100 prospect?
(CCA from LA)
I don't think he's quite there yet, but he is making an impressive case for himself. Depends on what kind of power numbers he puts up the rest of the season I think. -Emmett (Emmett Rosenbaum & Nathan Graham)
2017-07-25 20:00:00 (link to chat)Keibert Ruiz is starting to get some hype in the Dodgers org. Where would you rank him for dynasty catching prospects?
(Cam from Dallas)
He is deservedly being hyped, but I'm not sure if he's the best fantasy prospect. I think he has a solid hit tool, but I feel there is very limited power potential due to his swing path. He looks like he is trying to prove me wrong in Rancho, but I still don't know if it's a great fantasy profile. His advanced defense is part of what makes him a good prospect. -Emmett (Emmett Rosenbaum & Nathan Graham)
2017-07-25 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Keibert Ruiz the next big "catchers are weird BUT..." prospect? Seems like one of the few exceptions to the rule where the bat could play elsewhere and/or they look like they can stick behind the plate.
(Steve from LA)
Yeah. I think Ruiz sticks behind the plate, and I know Wilson Karaman been impressed with his defense up in Rancho too. Like I said though, I think his power potential is pretty limited, but he can hit. -Emmett (Emmett Rosenbaum & Nathan Graham)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, thanks for your great work. I'm excited about the new BP team and for baseball to start! I'm looking for a catching prospect I can target. I'm at least 2 years away from competing in my dynasty league (2 C league) so i can take a risk if needed (not that catching isn't risky, but you know what I mean). Caratini, Zach Collins, Mitch Garver, Bruce Maxwell, Josmil Pinto, Keibert Ruiz, and Jose Trevino are all on my waiver / draft board. Which of those guys (or someone else) do you think could not murder my team, or maybe even contribute!, and will stay a C? Thanks for any input.
(madjockmcferson (simon mcpherson) from Norton, MA)
Literally have not seen Josmil Pinto's name in a while. How deep is this dynasty league. Collins is the guy to target, he may not end up a catcher long term (it wasn't easy to find people who thought he'd stick when doing the White Sox stuff), but if he does the offensive potential here smokes everyone else.

As for the rest, a lot of people asked about Maxwell on the A's list, and I think he is a better real life player than fantasy. Graver has some helium off the AFL, but he is also blocked now, and I think he's similar to Maxwell. Trevino you are betting on High Desert performance being real, which, don't do that. Keibert Ruiz is significantly more than two years awa...yeah just take Collins and hope you don't end up with a first baseman. (Jeffrey Paternostro)


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