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Monday, December 17, 2012

The '13 Prospects of Christmas- #8- Rio Ruiz

by Jared Webb @webberoo11
#8 Rio Ruiz L/R 3B 6'1" 180 18 yrs old
Rio can hit.  
 It comes down to that one statement.  I hope fans understand how good a comparison to Eric Chavez is.  If he hits like Chavez did in his prime, then the Astros have a perennial all-star.   
Astros' scouts thought that Ruiz had the sweetest left-handed swing in the 2012 draft and were willing to pay him based on that.  Ruiz has a smooth swing with enough loft that scouts can see power in his future.  He also has great balance at the plate and shows good pitch recognition.  Hitting isn't the only facet of his game (RIO CAN HIT!), he shows good defensive ability at 3rd and threw 95 mph off the mound in high school.  Ruiz is not going to steal many bases, but he runs the bases just fine for a third baseman.
Ceiling: All Star 3B
Floor: Average starting 3B
c2012 Jared Webb. Used with permission.

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