Really don’t like how the Brewers used — or should say didn’t use — Esteury Ruiz this past year, after he was acquired. Bit worrisome that they acquired Esteury Ruiz at the end of August, then sent him to the minors until September, called him up for three games, then sent him right back down. Not instilling in me a lot of confidence. So, why even do this rookie outlook post to join all my other fantasy baseball rookies posts (not clickbait at all!)? Because Esteury Ruiz’s minor league numbers are some of the sheer goofiest I’ve ever seen. He’s only 23 (about to be 24 in February), but his minor league numbers are…Well, let me try something. His minor league stats are gorgeo827–Damn, tried to type that with the drool hanging from my bottom lip. All right, hold onto your seat and cover your pants tent, because this gonna get you excited: 16 homers, 86 steals between Double-A, Triple-A and the majors. That’s in only 472 at-bats! Oh, and he led all minor leaguers with a .447 OBP. What even, bro? Is this real life or am I tripping on peyote while staring at a Rickey Henderson rookie card? Prospects of note who had a line of .300/.400/.500: Gunnar Henderson, Miguel Vargas, Corbin Carroll and Esteury Ruiz. Welp, that’s great, I am now selling my car and reinvesting all my money into Esteury Ruiz rookie cards. See ya later! So, what can we expect from Esteury Ruiz for 2023 fantasy baseball?

Trying to find good video of Esteury Ruiz was a challenge, so keep in mind:

“Hey, how about we place the camera on the roof of the stadium and lazily move it on each swing? Cool? Cool!” Okay, let’s try another one from at least a major league park camera:

Hey, we don’t have to squint to see him there at least. Just your standard up-the-middle slapdoink, but my takeaway from that, and maybe the video above it, though I was squinting hard to see anything there, is he’s not a home run hitter. It looks like minor league power, that will be maybe 5-7 homer power in the majors. He’s a full-on twig. No way twigs have power. That’s the first thing they teach us in Twig School. He’s six-foot even and 160 pounds. C’mon. He might be lucky to get to five homers. That’s fine, we’re not going to want him for power, but for those who are dreaming of a 15/45/.300 season, I get the sense he’s a lot more of a Myles Straw-type than a Trea Turner-type. Straw hit zero homers, by the by. Won’t put that on Ruiz yet. but I think it will be clsoer to zero than 16. Though, in fairness, Straw never had more than four homers in any stop anywhere, so who knows? Maybe I’m underestimating Ruiz’s Twig Power. Whatever the case, he’s a little-to-no strikeout hitter, great plate discipline, and blazing speed.

Gesturing back to my Sal Frelick fantasy, I don’t know where Esteury Ruiz is playing either. Brewers have interesting prospects, and no place to play them. Maybe they do some trading this offseason. I reached out to a few people who I think know the Brewers well and that didn’t come back with any definite timetable or playing time picture. In fact, one clouded my optimism by a lot, saying, “The Brewers’ outfield is a mess and one I’ll probably let others roll the dice on. Yelich is a Brewer for life. Renfroe is arb. eligible and I’d have to think they want him back after a decent 2022. The other slot will be filled by one of Garrett Mitchell (solid Sept.), Tyrone Taylor, Esteury Ruiz, Joey Wiemer, Brice Turang, Sal Frelick, and an un-named player that they will trade for in the offseason. Add to that Jackson Chourio, who is a few years away but will eventually clog up the outfield situation even more than it is already clogged up. I have no clue as to what they are doing and trying to sort it out short-term is a fool’s errand. I think Frelick is the best of the bunch but all it takes is one of the herd of players above to get off to a hot start and the best laid plans gets flushed right down the old crapper.” Lowercase yay! That was Tout Wars and LABR participant and one-time Razzball writer, Tim McLeod. Thanks, Tim!

The good thing is Esteury Ruiz could see only 300 major league at-bats and have fantasy value. Not worth drafting in all leagues, or maybe any mixed redraft leagues, but more of a late-game flyer-slash-NL-Only end-game lottery ticket. Think about how I got Jon Berti in an NL-Only league last year in the free round. That could be Esteury Ruiz this year. That, actually, might be his upside this year, a random 300 at-bats and 30 steals. His downside is he comes up and Twig Power doesn’t really play, and his slap-and-run becomes a .220 hitter in the majors. For 2023, I’ll give Esteury Ruiz projections of 31/2/25/.247/19 in 293 ABs with a chance for a lot more (and a lot less), but mostly on speed.

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Esteury's Mom
Esteury's Mom
15 days ago

Renfroe exit. Esteury enter?

VinWins
VinWins
17 days ago

Have you seen the Asdrubal clothesline?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
18 days ago

Your lead fits me to a T. I can’t understand why the Brewers traded for Ruiz and then just kind of let him do nothing but waste away in the minors the rest of the season minus three games.

I totally agree with you on the power assessment. My memory may be off a little bit, but I think Ruiz hit either none or maybe one home run the final two months of the season. Even his “minor league” power disappeared so there’s really no reason to expect that to continue.

I’m hoping his exceptional plate discipline allows him to stick and do what he does best, which is run and steal bases. I think there’s a good chance he can do that but there’s a chance he could also be Billy Hamilton 2.0.

Ruiz is a tough rookie to judge but I think you’re pretty close to what he’ll do. I just wish the Brewers would realize they are not a playoff contender, never were last year and won’t be this year, and give Ruiz a full-time shot. I want 500 ABs, not 300.

toolshed
toolshed
19 days ago

I got sucked in last year by Ruiz’s jaw dropping numbers and stashed him at the expense of passing on others who got called up and contributed. Luckily, I found a guy named Bubba who doesn’t sound like someome who can steal bases. Lol. It would have been nice to see ruiz actually play (36 PA’s). As you mentioned, playing time is going to be an issue again in MIL.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
19 days ago

Btw, Ruiz stole a grand total of 1 base and was thrown out twice. I guess you need to play and get on base to run. Speaking of getting on base, he was able to amass one total walk in those 36 PA’s. Yes, small sample but he needs to work on that too if he is going to steal bases.

Last edited 19 days ago by toolshed
Flags Fly Forever
Flags Fly Forever
19 days ago

Would love to see your take on Jeremy Pena.

The Great Knoche
19 days ago

Alright officially done with the busy season at work. When’s the first draft?

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
19 days ago

Sure. Nov 28 or Dec 1 sounds like a great early plan.

Philip
Philip
19 days ago

Grey, you shopping Ruiz in a dynasty league?

Tim McLeod
19 days ago

Thanks so much for using the quote and shoutout, my friend. Always a pleasure talking up the game with you. ps It was a total guess on the lower case.

Tim McLeod
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

Does Blake Perkins count, lol.

NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS
NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS
19 days ago

As Dipoto makes the rounds looking for someone to fill 2B, yesterday it was Wong, today Gleybar. If the Brewers do move Wong, 2B is another possible avenue for PT. How ‘bout Hiura? JK

Leon
Leon
19 days ago

Thoughts on the kyle lewis trade?

galica1234
galica1234
19 days ago

Grey!!!!!

Awesome!!!

a. Short of writing them all down, I have a few of these studs on my dynasty roster where the Commish has asked the 10/12 owners if we will reset and redraft or add 5 roster spots. Initially I was like yes, reset. But with Jordan Walker, Esteury, ‘Zeke, Logan T Allen (the good one not the MRP you drafted in best ball last year), Eury Perez, Tink Hence…maybe reset is not the best option. My idea initially was to replace bench bats with almost-ready top prospects, then replacing their minor league roster spots with prospects who are 2-4 years away. Is this a good idea? Here’s the roster.

William Contreras
Meneses
India
Drury
‘Zeke
Tellez
Soto
Eaton, Arozarena, Betts, Brennan, Oswaldo
Bogaerts, Mateo
Bench Brujan, Arias, Lowe, Esteury, McCarthy, Stowers
IL Starling
MiLB Harris, Walker, Cowser, Gutierrez, Yasser Mercedes, Outman

SP Lorenzen, Manoah, Davis Martin, Joe Ryan, DL Hall, Cease, Elder, Contreras, Lodolo, Musgrove, Wesneski
RP Hendriks, Fairbanks, Doval, ADiaz
IL Gonsolin, Kopech
MiLB Bibee, Eury Perez, Tiedemann, Logan T Allen, Hence

1 Reset
2 Add 5 roster spots

b. Have a nice weekend.

c. George Carlin quote of the day for November 18, 2022

‘Because everyone is trying to save the planet. The planet doesn’t need that. The planet will take care of itself. People are selfish. And that’s what they’re doing is trying to save the planet for themselves to have a nicer place to live. They don’t care about the planet in theory. They just care about having a comfortable place. And these people with the fires and the floods and everything, they overbuild, they put nature to the test and they get what’s coming to them. That’s what I say. That’s what’s happening, and I can’t wait for the sea levels to rise. I can’t wait for some of these cities to disappear. There are places that are going to go away. The map is going to change and that’s because — people think nature is outside of them. They don’t take into them the idea that we are part of it. They say, “oh, we’re going for a nature walk. We’re going to the country because we like nature.” Nature is in here. [points to chest] And if you’re in tune with it, like the Indians, the Hopis, especially, the balance of life, the balance, the harmony of nature, if you understand that, you don’t overbuild. You don’t do all this moron stuff.’

The View from October 24, 2007

Cheers,
Ante