20-Year-Old Third Baseman – Houston Astros
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Ruiz, a fourth-round pick by the Astros in 2012, hit the ball well in his first full minor league season, slashing .260/.335/.430 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI over 114 games for Low-A Quad Cities. The...
Ruiz, 20, is slashing .300/.391/.450 with 11 home runs, 72 RBI and four steals through 117 games with High-A Lancaster.
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Houston Astros Roster
MajorsAltuve, Jose (2B)
AAABass, Anthony (P)
AAAplin, Andrew (OF)
A+Correa, Carlos (SS)
RookieAmador, Wilson (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Part of the reason the Astros had what many believed to be the best draft of anyone last summer was their ability to use the slot money saved on signing Carlos Correa for talent later in the draft. One such signing was Ruiz, who the Astros lured away from USC with a fourth-round pick. Ruiz has drawn comparisons to Eric Chavez, and not just because he is third baseman from Southern California that bats left-handed and throws right. Ruiz has a short stroke with good bat speed and sure hands in the field, all of which should translate as he develops. He battled a life-threatening blood clot as a high school senior, but with the surgery now behind him, nothing stands in the way of his development.