Esteury Ruiz

Esteury Ruiz

25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Fantasy managers who took the chance on the unproven Ruiz knew exactly what they were getting themselves into, and in the end, got exactly that. Ruiz set the AL record for steals by a rookie with 67 steals, but also set the record for fewest runs scored by anyone with at least 60 steals. Ruiz's 47 runs scored with 60+ steals was the lowest total since Dave Collins scored 59 times with 60 steals for the 1984 Jays. Ruiz missed a chunk of time recovering from a shoulder injury after an awkward dive back into first and hit .243 upon his return but also hit 4 of his 5 homers on the season. Ruiz could steal 80 bases over the course of a full and healthy season, but he needs to run at that type of volume to justify the cost given the drag his other categories are on your overall numbers. Ruiz needs to be paired with the right roster construction in order to truly be enjoyed. Read Past Outlooks
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#106
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in March of 2023.
Sets AL rookie record in steals
OFOakland Athletics
October 2, 2023
Ruiz went 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Angels.
ANALYSIS
Ruiz picked up his 67th steal of the year in the third inning to break the AL rookie record for steals set by Kenny Lofton in 1992. He also led the American League in steals after converting 67 of his 80 attempts on the season. His legs are all he really has going for him right now. His skills at the plate were average, after he finished slashing .254/.309/.345 with five homers, 47 RBI, 47 runs and a 20:99 BB:K in 490 plate appearances. Still, at just 24 years old, Ruiz figures to be a part of the Athletics' future plans in the outfield and has the potential to up his 2023 stolen base total next year if he can stay healthy.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
47
1
1
27
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
33
2
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2021
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .698 169 20 3 16 23 .263 .314 .385
Since 2021vs Right .612 357 30 2 33 45 .241 .295 .317
2023vs Left .734 147 17 3 14 22 .274 .327 .407
2023vs Right .619 343 30 2 33 45 .245 .301 .318
2022vs Left .465 22 3 0 2 1 .190 .227 .238
2022vs Right .429 14 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .286
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+104%
OPS on Road
2021
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .693 259 19 3 27 35 .262 .324 .369
Since 2021Away .589 267 31 2 22 33 .235 .278 .311
2023Home .708 251 19 3 26 35 .267 .331 .378
2023Away .598 239 28 2 21 32 .241 .286 .313
2022Home .250 8 0 0 1 0 .125 .125 .125
2022Away .511 28 3 0 1 1 .185 .214 .296
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Esteury 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 2019 data (min 400 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
4.1%
 
K Rate
20.2%
 
BABIP
.315
 
ISO
.091
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.309
 
SLG
.345
 
OPS
.654
 
wOBA
.293
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
16.9%
 
Barrels/PA
1.8%
 
Expected BA
.234
 
Expected SLG
.316
 
Sprint Speed
25.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
48.1%
 
Line Drive %
22.1%
 
Fly Ball %
29.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Part of the package the Brewers received from San Diego in the Josh Hader trade at the deadline and then flipped again to Oakland this offseason, Ruiz had an eye-popping statistical season between Double-A and Triple-A. He hit .332/.447/.526 with 16 home runs and 85 steals on 99 attempts in 114 games while hitting .171 with one steal on three attempts in 36 MLB plate appearances. It was a post-hype breakout for the 23-year-old outfielder, who was a top-100 fantasy prospect back in 2018 before an unimpressive 2019 and 2021 in the middle levels of the minors. His elite speed could make him a roto standout, even if he is less valuable in real life. He doesn't have debilitating swing-and-miss issues, but he makes too much weak contact against premium pitching. While Ruiz has three double-digit homer campaigns under his belt in the minors, he shouldn't be expected to showcase double-digit homer power as a rookie in the big leagues. A former second baseman, Ruiz's outfield defense is still a work in progress. Now that he's with the rebuilding A's, Ruiz should have a chance to start Opening Day in Oakland.
Ruiz's Midwest League stats can serve as a crash course in what matters, and what doesn't matter when projecting how a player's Low-A performance will translate. His league-leading 49 steals look nice, but he's not even a 60-grade runner, so banking on more than 20 steals in the majors would be a mistake. Ruiz's .253 average is quite instructive, as he strikes out a lot (28.6 K%) and struggles to use the whole field (26.3 Oppo%), but makes hard contact and gets the ball in the air enough (37.2 GB%) to continue to hit around .250 as he climbs the ladder. His 12 home runs actually undersell his power potential. He has the bat speed and torque to develop into a 25-homer threat in the big leagues. This all adds up to a power/speed second baseman who, barring significant skills growth, won't be a positive contributor in batting average, but will hit enough to get playing time. The Padres will have a middle-infield logjam soon, so a trade would be welcome.
Ruiz was the talk of AZL backfields last season. He was the Franklin Barreto/Willy Adames piece in a midseason trade between the Royals and Padres -- the true headliner, even though he was a low-level prospect without mainstream name value. The 18-year-old second baseman finished first in the league in batting average (.350), second in SLG (.602) and third in steals (26). In short, Ruiz was the best hitter in the AZL and took home MVP honors. He led the way in extra-base hits (34), with many of his 10 triples falling just short of the fence. Ruiz combined some of the league's best bat speed from the right side with above-average speed on the bases, hinting at a future power/speed fantasy profile. He will eventually offer 25-plus homer pop if he can add strength to his slight 6-foot frame. While not cut from the same cloth in the field (some evaluators think Ruiz's defense is below average), his minor-league numbers and eventual fantasy production could mirror Javier Baez every step of the way.
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Logs 66th steal
OFOakland Athletics
September 30, 2023
Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and one run scored in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Angels.
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Out of lineup again Thursday
OFOakland Athletics
September 28, 2023
Ruiz is not in the lineup for Thursday's game in Minnesota.
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On bench Wednesday
OFOakland Athletics
September 27, 2023
Ruiz is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins.
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Productive in shutout loss Sunday
OFOakland Athletics
September 25, 2023
Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases in a loss to the Tigers on Sunday.
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Swats fifth homer in win
OFOakland Athletics
September 23, 2023
Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and an additional run scored in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Detroit.
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