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Esteury Ruiz

Born: 02/15/1999 (Age: 19)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 169
Primary Position: 2B
Secondary Position: 3B
A combination of raw speed and power emanates from this dynamic, versatile athlete - whose wiry, long-limbed frame features plenty of levers and hinges.
Evaluator Brandon Williams
Report Date 05/14/2018
Dates Seen 4/4 - 4/7 ; 4/15 - 4/18 ; 4/27 - 4/28 ; 4/30 ; 5/8
Affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2021 Medium 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Ruiz's elongated swing, reliant on timing, has holes that can be exploited by well-executed, professional pitching. His plus-speed, bat-to-ball instincts, and ability to bunt for hits should help counter an elevated swing-and-miss rate, salvaging a respectable batting average.
Power 60 Ruiz generates impressive torque and bat speed with his sinewy, lean physique and big swing. In 2018, he posted 12 HR and 20 doubles at Low-A, as a 19-year-old. With natural development and progression, the offensive-minded second baseman should produce his share of extra-base hits and RBI.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Ruiz's long, smooth strides cover ground rapidly, enabling him to stretch for extra-bases and score from anywhere. Displaying a natural proclivity for base-stealing, his keen anticipation and cat-like quickness ensure his head-first slides capture bags with ease.
Glove 50 He appears most comfortable at second base, displaying plus-range in both directions and a natural ability to turn the double-play. His receptive hands and athleticism allow for defensive versatility, making third base and a utility-role options. Still raw, enhanced footwork and fielding actions could shape Ruiz into a quality 2-way player.
Arm 45 While capable of making all of the throws asked of a second baseman, Ruiz's arm strength may be vulnerable from third base or the outfield. His natural, low 3/4 release point further suggest second base be his primary position.

Ruiz's unique blend of speed and power elicit a tantalizingly high-ceiling for the Padres young infield prospect. If cultivated properly, Esteury could flourish into an everyday, All-Star caliber, run-producing second baseman.

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