Dodgers prospect Keibert Ruiz is crushing the ball with Oklahoma City right now. There’s simply no other way to describe what he’s doing at the plate. The organization’s top catching prospect just pushed his batting average over the .300 mark on Thursday with a 4-hit performance.
Ruiz also blasted his 12th homerun for the OKC Dodgers in that game and pushed up OPS up over 1.000 for the year. The number 41 prospect in baseball also had his 6th multi-hit game over the last 17 games played.
That’s great for Keibert, but it also creates an odd situation for the Dodgers as they approach the trade deadline. Having his bat in the lineup would be ideal, but that might not be what ends up happening with him on this hot streak.
Could the Dodgers look to move him for a high-profile arm to add to the rotation? It’s entirely possible given the organization’s current situation at the catching position. Diego Cartaya is widely considered the future at catcher as he continues to mature, and they already have 2 solid guys there in Will Smith and Austin Barnes.
So logically, there doesn’t seem to be much room for Ruiz in the Dodgers plans. They might view it a little differently and perhaps they have plans to move other pieces around. But if nothing happens at the deadline, it’s still going to be difficult to find a spot for Ruiz in the lineup.
But at least he’s hitting right now!