Keibert Ruiz is no longer available for a September call-up as he has suffered a broken finger on his right hand, according to Tim Rogers of Dodgers Nation.
I have learned that Keibert Ruiz broke his finger and is out for the season. He will have surgery and then rehab in Arizona.
— Tim Rogers (SD Dodger) (@SDDodger) August 5, 2019
Ruiz was rising through the ranks at a rapid pace, beginning the 2019 season at Double-A Tulsa and moving up to Triple-A Oklahoma City in July.
At the plate, Ruiz has been a bit of a disappointment this season, posting just an 88 wRC+ across the two levels. However, the underlying ability is still there as Ruiz has only struck out a ridiculously low 6.3% of the time.
He still sits amongst the game’s top prospects, ranked 12th overall by Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen. He also has a case to be a top-three catching prospect with recent top-two draft picks in the Giants’ Joey Bart and Orioles’ Adley Rutschman.
Ruiz was most likely set to vie for a role in September with a small outside chance of making it on the postseason roster. The Dodgers will instead remain with some combination of rookie Will Smith, underwhelming Austin Barnes, and veteran Russell Martin behind the plate for the remainder of the season.