Rio Ruiz
Rio Ruiz
25-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Baltimore Orioles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After batting 173 times in 2017, Ruiz received just 15 plate appearances last season, losing opportunities as the Braves suddenly became a competitive team. He didn't exactly make a great case for more playing time at the Triple-A level, as he hit a mediocre .269/.322/.390. That on-base percentage was an exact tie with his mark from the year prior. While his batting average rose by 22 points as Ruiz cut his strikeout rate from 25.5% to 16.6%, that contact came at the expense of his power, with Ruiz's slugging percentage falling by 56 points. Picked up by the Orioles in December, Ruiz now has a path to playing time on one of the weakest rosters in the league. If he can keep his contact improvements while getting back some of his old power, he could have some deep-league value. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
On bench against lefty
3BBaltimore Orioles
September 16, 2019
Ruiz will sit against lefty Tyler Alexander and the Tigers on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Ruiz owns a poor 69 wRC+ in limited action against lefties this season, though it's not as if he's crushed righties either, posting an 83 wRC+ against that group. Hanser Alberto slides to third base as usual against the southpaw, with Jonathan Villar moving to second and Richie Martin starting at shortstop.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
6
23
16
13
8
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
2
4
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+176%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .786 84 9 3 16 0 .289 .325 .461
Since 2017vs Right .631 477 45 12 44 1 .210 .298 .333
2019vs Left .664 70 4 1 11 0 .266 .304 .359
2019vs Right .702 303 27 10 30 0 .233 .314 .389
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right .350 15 1 0 0 0 .083 .267 .083
2017vs Left 1.429 14 5 2 5 0 .417 .429 1.000
2017vs Right .517 159 17 2 14 1 .174 .270 .246
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+403%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .683 287 30 8 26 0 .230 .314 .369
Since 2017Away .625 274 24 7 34 1 .213 .289 .336
2019Home .765 183 17 6 16 0 .259 .333 .432
2019Away .628 190 14 5 25 0 .221 .291 .337
2018Home .125 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2018Away .629 7 1 0 0 0 .200 .429 .200
2017Home .569 96 13 2 10 0 .193 .292 .277
2017Away .616 77 9 2 9 1 .194 .273 .343
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Stat Review
How does Rio Ruiz compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
9.7%
 
K Rate
22.5%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.144
 
AVG
.240
 
OBP
.312
 
SLG
.383
 
OPS
.695
 
wOBA
.309
 
Exit Velocity
89.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.4%
 
Barrels/PA
1.6%
 
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Although he struggled during his time in the majors last season, Ruiz produced at an above-average level at Triple-A Gwinnett (112 wRC+) against competition that was nearly four years older than him on average. The third baseman showed off an impressive eye at the plate (9.7 percent walk rate), but still struck out too often (over 25 percent of his plate appearances) and those issues followed him to the big leagues. Over the course of 103 contests with Gwinnett, he hit 16 home runs with 56 RBI -- he continues to add power to his game, but still packs a relatively modest punch. Moving forward, Ruiz may not profile as an everyday third baseman, especially with Johan Camargo seemingly locking up that position for now and Austin Riley on the way. Ruiz could be the odd-man out when it comes to the Braves' optimal lineup, both in the immediate future and long term.
Ruiz began the 2016 season with Triple-A Gwinnett looking to rebound from his disappointing 2015 performance in which he posted a .657 OPS with Double-A Mississippi. The change of scenery paid off, as the young third baseman put together a solid season. As one of the youngest players in the International League, he had 10 home runs, 62 RBI and a .755 OPS over 133 games. He continued to draw walks (11.4 percent walk rate) but also struck out in nearly 22 percent of his plate appearances. He was called up to the big leagues for a cup of coffee in late September. Despite being a part of perhaps the best farm system in baseball, Ruiz is one of only a few notable Braves prospects who are nearly big league ready. The smart money is still on Ruiz falling a tad short with the stick to profile as an everyday third baseman. Fortunately for him, he should get his chance soon, presumably whenever the Adonis Garcia experiment comes to a close.
The 21-year-old third baseman turned in a .657 OPS with five home runs in 489 plate appearances at Double-A last year, so on the surface it would be pretty easy to cut bait, and in leagues where only 100 prospects are rostered, the smart move is probably to move on. However, Mississippi is by far the worst place to hit in the Southern League, and it is perhaps the worst place to hit home runs in all the minors. This means Ruiz’s struggles last year should open up a prime opportunity to buy low in deeper leagues. A strong approach remained in tact for Ruiz despite the suboptimal hitting environment last year, and he will presumably start the year at Triple-A as a 21-year-old, so he also has youth on his side. Adonis Garcia could be the Braves’ starting third baseman on Opening Day, so nothing is standing in Ruiz’s path to a big league job sometime in 2016 if he can get back on track at the plate.
Ruiz took a step forward in the hitter-friendly California League, hitting .293/.387/.436 with 37 doubles, 11 homers and 77 RBI in 131 games for High-A Lancaster. He drew nearly as many walks (82) as strikeouts (91), improving his walk rate (13.6%) by three percent compared to the year prior. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, the 20-year-old third baseman hasn't displayed much power for a player his size, but he's shown ample range and agility as a defender. Traded to the Braves as part of a blockbuster deal in January, Ruiz is expected to open 2015 at Double-A Mississippi for his new organization.
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 19-year-old third baseman tallied 50 walks against 92 strikeouts and even contributed 12 steals. Ruiz is several years away making an impact in the majors, with likely stops at High-A and Double-A this season if all goes well at the former. His path to the big leagues may ultimately hinge on whether third base becomes the position of choice for top prospect Carlos Correa, but that issue is one that will be sorted out after it's determined if Ruiz can handle more advanced pitching as he moves through the Houston system.
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.
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Smacks a home run
3BBaltimore Orioles
September 15, 2019
Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, a run scored and a walk in the Orioles 8-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.
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Sits against lefty
3BBaltimore Orioles
September 14, 2019
Ruiz is not in Saturday's lineup against the Tigers.
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On bench Wednesday
3BBaltimore Orioles
September 11, 2019
Ruiz will be on the bench Wednesday against the Dodgers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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On bench against lefty
3BBaltimore Orioles
September 8, 2019
Ruiz will sit Sunday against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Sitting against southpaw
3BBaltimore Orioles
September 6, 2019
Ruiz is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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