Ruiz has posted a .375/.500/.661 slash line with four homers, 11 steals and an 8:14 BB:K through 14 games since his promotion to Triple-A El Paso. After putting up a 1.085 OPS in Double-A, he has a 1.161 OPS at his new level, and Ruiz has a ridiculous 48 stolen bases to go with 13 homers on the season. The question now is when he gets the call to the big leagues and where he plays. Right field could be a temporary fit with Wil Myers hurt, and both Jurickson Profar and Trent Grisham have been short of spectacular at the dish. Regardless of whose playing time he takes, it's clear that Ruiz has earned a shot with the Padres.
Ruiz was promoted to Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday and is 1-for-7 with a home run, three walks and three strikeouts through two games. The 23-year-old outfielder needed a challenge after hitting .344/.474/.611 with nine home runs and 37 steals in 49 games at Double-A. He is not on the 40-man roster, but if he carries that success over at Triple-A, he could make his big-league debut in the second half.
Ruiz is hitting .343/.474/.604 with eight homers, 33 steals (on 38 attempts) and a 30:38 BB:K for Double-A San Antonio. He's averaged more than a run scored per game (49 in 46) and has been extra hot over the last week, hitting .360 with three homers and four steals. This is a full-blown breakout for Ruiz, who's cut down his strikeout rate to an impressive 17.4 percent while posting easily the highest walk rate of his career at 13.8 percent -- all while hitting for power to a degree we've never seen from him before. He also clearly fits better in center field than he ever did at second base, and with Trent Grisham struggling mightily with the bat this year, it's worth wondering when the Padres might start thinking about trying Ruiz out in the big leagues. It's worth noting that he's not yet on the 40-man roster, though.
Through 16 games with Double-A San Antonio, Ruiz is hitting .386/.540/.614 with two homers, 12 steals, 13 RBI and 18 runs. He's always been known for the swing-and-miss in his game, but Ruiz quietly trimmed his strikeout rate in Double-A last year -- and this year, he's cut it more while drawing a startling number of walks (15:13 BB:K). The batting average will normalize as the 23-year-old's ridiculous .476 BABIP comes down, but Ruiz is showing that he's got more of an idea at the dish these days. Considering that he's now played 100 career games at Double-A, it wouldn't be surprising to see him jump to Triple-A soon; at the least, he bears watching to see whether he'll be able to carry this success forward to a higher level of baseball.
Ruiz is hitting .247/.315/.406 with 11 home runs and 37 steals (on 45 attempts) in 415 plate appearances for Low-A Fort Wayne. Ruiz is a pretty complicated prospect to evaluate for dynasty leagues. On one hand, he has the look of a power/speed middle infielder, and his stolen-base totals are particularly alluring. That said, he doesn't grade out as a plus runner, so we can't expect that type of production in the majors. He also sports a 29.4 percent strikeout rate and 51 percent pull rate, so that .247 batting average looks like an accurate gauge of his hit tool.