Ruiz slashed .216/.313/.352 with eight doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI in 145 plate appearances across 54 games in 2017.
The elements of the veteran backstop's slash line were among the lowest of his 12 seasons, but he served his main purpose of providing an occasional off day for Mike Zunino. The Mariners didn't have many designs on Ruiz serving as an offensive force in what had been expected to be sporadic playing time coming into the season. Ruiz could opt to call it a career rather than return for what would be his age-39 season.
Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Athletics.
Facing Santiago Casilla, the veteran backstop smacked his third homer of the season and his second in as many starts. Ruiz continues to see sporadic playing time behind Mike Zunino, but he's provided some decent pop with 11 extra-base hits (eight doubles, three homers) in limited opportunities this season.
Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in Monday's 6-4 win over the Rangers.
The veteran backstop's average had dipped as low as .119 as late as May 18, but Ruiz has slashed .314/.407/.471 with five doubles, a homer, six walks and seven runs in 59 plate appearances since. He's a somewhat appealing option when Mike Zunino requires a day off.
Ruiz went 3-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Athletics.
The veteran catcher picked it up at the plate in June by producing a .294/.400/.588 line, but Sunday's hits were his first in three July starts. Ruiz had hit under .250 just twice in 13 major-league seasons prior to the 2017 campaign, so it was likely that he'd eventually snap out of his early-season funk -- one that saw his average dip as low as .111. The 38-year-old will continue to see periodic starts in Mike Zunino's stead, but the latter's solid play and Ruiz's advanced age will likely conspire to keep his playing time fairly scarce in the second half of the season.
Ruiz slashed .294/.400/.588 across 17 at-bats in June.
Opportunities are still limited with starting catcher Mike Zunino revitalized and healthy, but Ruiz found a tiny bit of success in June after his average sat below the Mendoza Line throughout May. The veteran catcher is slashing .209/.316/.343 in just 67 at-bats and only gets the starting nod every few games to give Zunino an off day.
Ruiz smacked a solo home run in his only plate appearance during Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Twins.
Ruiz made it back-to-back round trippers for the Mariners in the third when he launched a 422-foot shot to left immediately following fellow backstop Mike Zunino's solo blast. The 38-year-old has provided solid offense throughout his career, although he's found success at the plate hard to come by thus far in a Seattle uniform. Ruiz could be starting to snap out of his funk, however, as he's hit safely in five of his last eight contests overall, raising his average 86 points to .204 over that span in the process.
Ruiz went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Red Sox.
The three-hit effort was Ruiz's first of the season and only his second multi-hit game of the year in 60 plate appearances. Chooch is hitting just .180 on the season with no home runs and six RBI. He's unlikely to see consistent at-bats as the current backup to Mike Zunino.
Ruiz is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
With the Mariners bringing Mike Zunino back from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the week, Ruiz has been stuck on the bench for the previous two games and looks like he'll resume serving in a backup capacity for the time being. It was take another prolonged cold spell from Zunino before Ruiz sees regular at-bats again.
Ruiz is not in the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.
Ruiz is off to a disappointing start at the plate this season, hitting just .133 over his first 45 at-bats. He'll head to the bench Sunday with Tuffy Gosewisch drawing the start behind the plate.
Ruiz is not in the lineup Friday against the White Sox, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
"Chooch" posted another hitless performance in Thursday's contest to lower his season batting average to .119, so he'll head to the bench for a night off. Tuffy Gosewisch will take over for Ruiz for the evening.
Ruiz is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.
Ruiz has just two hits in May (2-for-19), so he'll head to the bench in favor of Tuffy Gosewisch. The veteran backstop is slashing just .125/.234/.175 in 19 games this season.
Ruiz is out of Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
He has just two hits in 19 at-bats over the Mariners' last 14 games. Tuffy Gosewisch will start behind the dish and hit ninth.
Ruiz is not in the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Despite knocking in four runs during Wednesday's win over the Phillies, Ruiz will head to the bench for the second time in three games. Tuffy Gosewisch will draw the start behind the plate in his stead.
Ruiz went 1-for-4 with a three-run double and a sacrifice fly in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.
He also struck out twice, but Ruiz still stuck it to his former team, delivering the day's most unexpected four-RBI line. Unfortunately, he's still sitting on a hideous .129 average. The 38-year-old Panamanian looks like he's close to the end of the line, but he'll retain the No. 1 role behind the plate in Seattle at least until Mike Zunino can hit his way back to the big leagues.
Ruiz is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Ruiz is hitless in May (0-for-5) so he'll head to the bench to clear his head as Tuffy Gosewisch gets the nod behind the dish in his place.
Ruiz is 3-for-22 in 28 plate appearances and has just one extra base hit to begin the season.
Ruiz functions as the backup catcher behind Mike Zunino, and he has eight starts to his ledger. Nonetheless, it has not been an easy go for him so far, and it's unlikely he'll see serious playing time this season.
Ruiz went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run in Sunday's 10-9 loss to the Angels.
The veteran backstop drew the start for Mike Zunino and rapped out his first pair of hits on the season. It was only Ruiz's second start, but per manager Scott Servais' previous statements, he's scheduled to see an above-average amount of playing time for a backup catcher this season. The 38-year-old sports a serviceable .266/.352/.393 line over his long career and is therefore expected to provide solid offensive production whenever he's in the lineup.
Ruiz went 2-for-2 with an RBI single in Thursday's 6-2 Cactus League win over the Brewers.
The veteran catcher is now hitting .333 after Thursday's effort, which included a run-scoring single that drove home Ben Gamel in the fourth. Ruiz has built a rock-solid offensive resume over his 10-plus major league seasons, and, although he's slated to be Mike Zunino's backup, the plan is for him to receive a greater degree of playing time than a typical reserve catcher.
Ruiz, who came to the Mariners in a Nov. 7 trade with the Dodgers, is slated to potentially receive more playing time than is typically afforded to back-up catchers, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
The 38-year-old backstop brings a wealth of experience and a productive bat to the Mariners as starting catcher Mike Zunino's primary backup, having hit .264 with eight doubles, three homers and 15 RBI over 62 games last season with the Phillies and Dodgers. There appear to be no plans to coddle Ruiz in terms of managing his playing time either, with manager Scott Servais emphasizing that they're not looking for Zunino to "play or catch 125 or 130 games." As such, Ruiz could potentially see a similar degree of opportunity as he did last season, particularly given Servais' lofty view of what he can still bring to the table. "He's been on a World Series team, lot of good teams over in Philadelphia, gets traded for his first time last year over to the Dodgers and really does a nice job with them, helps them in their playoff run. Just the experience level he brings and he can still play, he can still hit, there's no doubt. Not a power guy by any means but handles the bat, controls the strike zone. It's a really nice fit with Mike Zunino."
Ruiz was traded to the Mariners in exchange for left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno on Monday.
Ruiz was a solid backup catcher down the stretch after being acquired by the Dodgers, but given the younger options behind the dish (Yasmani Grandal, Austin Barnes), the veteran backstop was deemed expendable. It's unclear how playing time will be distributed between the 37-year-old and incumbents Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre, but either way, Ruiz has an opportunity to appear in the lineup more now that designated hitting is an option to keep his bat in the lineup.
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