Esteury Ruiz

23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Padres in July of 2022. Traded to the Brewers in August of 2022. Traded to the Athletics in December of 2022.
Acquired by Athletics
OFOakland Athletics
December 12, 2022
The Athletics acquired Ruiz from Atlanta on Monday in a three-team deal with the Brewers, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The A's also received pitchers Kyle Muller, Royber Salinas and Freddy Tarnok plus catcher Manny Pina, while Atlanta received catcher Sean Murphy and the Brewers received catcher William Contreras and pitchers Joel Payamps and Justin Yeager.
ANALYSIS
Ruiz, a part of the Josh Hader trade in July, posted an OPS around .900 in Triple-A last season and stole 48 total bases. He struggled with a .171/.194/.257 slash line in 17 big-league games, but that was a small sample size and he was still one of Milwaukee's top prospects. This is a perfect opportunity for Ruiz to get a chance to play every day, as Oakland lacks much talent on the roster.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .465 22 3 0 2 1 .190 .227 .238
Since 2020vs Right .429 14 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .286
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
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+104%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+104%
OPS on Road
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .250 8 0 0 1 0 .125 .125 .125
Since 2020Away .511 28 3 0 1 1 .185 .214 .296
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
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 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
0.14
 
BB Rate
2.8%
 
K Rate
19.4%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.086
 
AVG
.171
 
OBP
.194
 
SLG
.257
 
OPS
.452
 
wOBA
.198
 
Exit Velocity
73.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
10.7%
 
Barrels/PA
2.8%
 
Expected BA
.205
 
Expected SLG
.255
 
Sprint Speed
27.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
48.1%
 
Line Drive %
18.5%
 
Fly Ball %
33.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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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Sent down Thursday
OFMilwaukee Brewers
September 8, 2022
Ruiz was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.
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Called up by Milwaukee
OFMilwaukee Brewers
September 1, 2022
Ruiz was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.
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Triple-A-bound in new organization
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 1, 2022
The Brewers optioned Ruiz to Triple-A Nashville after acquiring him from the Padres on Monday, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Joins Milwaukee in five-player deal
OFMilwaukee Brewers
August 1, 2022
The Brewers acquired Ruiz, left-handers Taylor Rogers and Robert Gasser and right-hander Dinelson Lamet from the Padres on Monday in exchange for lefty Josh Hader, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Playing time dwindling
OFSan Diego Padres
July 27, 2022
Ruiz will start in right field and bat seventh in Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
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