Keibert Jose Ruiz…born July 20, 1998 in Valencia, Venezuela…rated No. 6 catching prospect by MLB. com…signed a Minor League free agent contract on July 20, 2014.
Spent most of the season at the alternative training site but made his Major League debut on Aug. 16 at Los Angeles-AL...Hit a home run off of RHP Julio Teheran in his first at bat…became the first Dodger since Garey Ingram (1994) to hit a home run in his first Major League at bat.
21-year old catcher enters his sixth professional season after splitting his 2019 season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he slashed a combined .261/.331/.347 with nine doubles, six homers, 34 RBI and 30 walks against 20 strikeouts across 85 games ... Entered the 2019 season ranked as the No.20 overall prospect by Baseball America and No. 36 overall prospect by MLB.com…proceeded to garner Mid-Season All-Star honors with Tulsa after slashing .260/.338/.352 with six doubles, four homers, 23 RBI and 21 walks against 13 strikeouts in 54 games ... Logged a total of 606.2 innings with a .994 fielding percentage (4 E/681 TC) across 61 games behind the plate with Tulsa, and nine games with Oklahoma City…also saw 14 games as a DH with the Drillers ... Promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 21 and went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in his debut…went on to slash .316/.350/.474 with two homers and nine RBI across nine games...ranked among the top Drillers in runs (9th, 33), hits (6th, 70), doubles (8th, 9), RBI (11th, 25), total bases (11th, 91) and walks (8th, 28).
Earned selections to the MLB All-Star Futures Game and as a mid-season Texas League All-Star, appearing in 101 games for Tulsa, slashing .268/.328/.401 with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 47 RBI ... Appeared in 86 games (85 starts) at catcher for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, posting a .995 fielding percentage and throwing out 26% of would-be base stealers (25/70) ... Batted .303 (12-for-36) with two homers and eight RBI in eight postseason games to help lead Tulsa to the Texas League title…laced a 10th-inning, walk-off single in Game 1 of the Texas League championship series ... Named to the Arizona Fall League's All-Prospect Team and participated in the 2018 Fall Stars Game after appearing in 13 games for the Glendale Desert Dogs, slashing .286/.357/.306 ... Added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster on Nov. 20, 2018.
The Dodgers 2017 Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year had a stellar season with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, slashing .316/.361/.452 with 58 runs, 23 doubles, two triples, eight homers and 51 RBI in 101 combined games ... Appeared in a combined 86 games (84 starts) at catcher, posting a .992 fielding percentage (7 ER/749.2 IP) and throwing out 29% of would-be base stealers (26/91) ... Began the season with Great Lakes, hitting .317 with 34 runs, 16 doubles, one triple, two homers and 24 RBI along with a .372 on-base percentage in 63 games…selected as Midwest League mid-season All-Star and Baseball America's Low Class A All-Star ... Promoted to Rancho Cucamonga on July 9 and finished the season with the Quakes, slashing .315/.344/.497 with seven doubles, one triple, six homers and 27 RBI in 38 games ... As a left-handed hitter he posted a combined .344 average, compared to a .240 mark as a righty…with runners in scoring position he hit for a combined .359 average (28-for-78).
Combined to slash .374/.412/.527 with 22 doubles, two homers and 48 RBI in 56 games with the Rookie-level AZL Dodgers and Rookie-advanced Ogden…named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star ... Began the season with the AZL Dodgers, where he went 16-for-33 (.485) with four doubles, a triple and 15 RBI in eight games ... Promoted to Ogden on July 2, where he ranked among the Pioneer League leaders in average (.354, 4th), OBP (.393, 8th) and SLG (.503, 12th) in 48 games
In his first professional season, batted .300 with eight doubles, a triple, a homer and 19 RBI in 44 games with the Rookie-level DSL Dodgers.