The Atlanta Braves called up third base prospect Rio Ruiz. What is his fantasy value?

The Atlanta Braves called up third base prospect Rio Ruiz. What is his fantasy value?

It’s no secret that the Atlanta Braves are in rebuild mode. The best player on the team went down with a broken wrist last week, while that’s a terrible thing (especially for a Braves fan), it reminds the Braves that they are in rebuild mode. When Freddie Freeman went down, the Braves called up one of their many prized prospects, Rio Ruiz.

Getting to know Rio Ruiz: 

The Ranks

  • Fangraphs Stats Only Top 100: 68

This is a measure of statistics in the minor leagues, and bypasses the scouts take.

Scouting Grades

  • Hit Tool: 20/55
  • Game Power: 20/50+
  • Raw Power: 55
  • Speed: 40
  • Future Value: 55

Expect him to hit enough to stay in the lineup, he should have good power and has a decent hit tool.

The Numbers

  • .262/.305/.447, 4 HR, 1 SB, .751 OPS in 151 PA in AAA (Gwinnett)
  • wRC+: 109
  • wOBA: .332

Ruiz was a rare call-up in that he wasn’t really over performing in AAA to the level of some of the recent call-ups. His K rate is at 26.5%, and is walking at a rate of 6%. Neither are exceptional, so the call-up was need based and not necessarily numbers based.

The Analysis

Ruiz is a talented hitter that should get a legit chance to show he belongs in the big leagues. He is only a speculative add in anything more than deep leagues. He’s not well known and doesn’t have the prospect shine, so add him when he starts to get hot.  

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