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Keibert Ruiz

Born: 07/20/1998 (Age: 19)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 200
Primary Position: C
Secondary Position: DH
Physical/Health
Medium height, athletic catchers build with sturdy muscle in lower body and lean torso. Mostly filled out despite age; could put on a little extra weight on upper body.

More fluid than twitchy with coordinated athleticism.
Evaluator Kevin Carter
Report Date 07/05/2018
Dates Seen 7/1/2018-7/2/2018
Affiliate Tulsa Drillers (AA, Dodgers)
Makeup

Quietly goes about business behind home plate. Cool and calm presence for pitchers. Puts in regular work in cage.

MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2020 Moderate 60 50; Major-league Regular No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Starts with big leg kick and hands low at letters, fires hips when foot lands and opens up the lower body before upper body comes through. Swing is usually long with some arm bar in front arm. Average bat speed and quality swing path. Excellent coordination and feel for contact.

Right-handed swing is more compact and the lower body doesn't open up as early.

Aggressive approach that leads to poor contact more than strike outs when he chases. Can get fooled on average or better breaking stuff.
Power 40 Average raw power. Strong hips with swing path that should translate into pull-side home run power, especially from the left side.

Bat speed and approach will likely limit his contact ability and keep his home run totals down.
Baserunning/Speed 35 Average top speed currently, but below-average acceleration. At least early in career will be better runner than most catchers, but will slow down with wear and tear.
Glove 55 Receiving normally natural, but occasionally isn't smooth, especially on pitches above and below zone. Above-average footwork that should continue to improve with reps. Controls the game well and recognizes when the pitcher needs a moment.
Arm 50 Average arm strength with quality footwork on throws that make up for having less arm than usual for the position.
Overall

Keibert Ruiz's excellent hand-eye coordination and fluid athleticism should lead the way to his overall projection as a major-league regular at catcher. The switch-hitter makes contact consistently on balls in and out of the zone. As his approach improves, he should hit for an average batting average while hitting 8-12 home runs, more coming from the left side. Ruiz should be an above-average defender who controls the run game well enough to let the other tools shine through.

Ruiz is currently over-aggressive at the plate which leads to mostly weak contact on balls that should have put him into a more advantageous count. This combined with his average bat speed could limit his contact to the point where he will be more serviceable as a backup catcher.

More than likely, the 19 year old will iron out some of the kinks in his approach and he will be able to tap into the skill-set enough. His upside is tied to his approach and how much of his average raw power he taps into and with large improvements he could produce fringe-allstar value.

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