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Fantasy managers who took the chance on the unproven Esteury Ruiz knew exactly what they were getting themselves into, and in the end, got exactly that. Ruiz set the AL record for steals by a rookie with 67 steals, but also set the record for fewest runs scored by anyone with at least 60 steals. Ruiz's 47 runs scored with 60+ steals was the lowest total since Dave Collins scored 59 times with 60 steals for the 1984 Jays. Ruiz missed a chunk of time recovering from a shoulder injury after an awkward dive back into first and hit .243 upon his return but also hit 4 of his 5 homers on the season. Ruiz could steal 80 bases over the course of a full and healthy season, but he needs to run at that type of volume to justify the cost given the drag his other categories are on your overall numbers. Ruiz needs to be paired with the right roster construction in order to truly be enjoyed.

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2024 411.4 10 2 8 4 5 .200
2023 356.52.7 47 5 47 20 67 .254
2022 11.50.7 3 2 1 1 .171
3y Avg. 180.52.4 25 2 24 10 34 .248
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Lands on IL with strained wrist

    The Athletics placed Ruiz on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a strained left wrist, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. It's not clear when or how Ruiz suffered the injury, but he'll be sidelined for at least the next week and a half. Ruiz had made just two starts over Oakland's last 13 games and is only 2-for-19 with 10 strikeouts at the plate in May.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Swipes base as pinch runner

    Ruiz entered Tuesday's win over the Rockies in the eighth inning as a pinch runner and remained in the game in left field. He did not log a plate appearance but recorded a stolen base. Abraham Toro opened the eighth inning with a go-ahead solo home run for Oakland and Brent Rooker got aboard with a single two batters later, setting up Ruiz's entry into the game in a pinch-running capacity. The fleet-footed outfielder advanced to second on a Shea Langeliers walk before swiping third, but he was stranded at the hot corner after Tyler Soderstrom and Zack Gelof each struck out to end the inning. Ruiz has seen only sporadic playing time after drawing starts in four of the first seven games in May, with JJ Bleday earning the bulk of playing time in center field thanks to a productive stretch at the plate over his last 10 contests.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Drives in run in return

    Ruiz (wrist) went 0-for-2 with an RBI sacrifice fly in a loss to the Rangers on Monday. Ruiz returned after a one-game absence due to a wrist injury he suffered Saturday and was able to contribute an RBI for the third consecutive contest. The 25-year-old outfielder has demonstrated a slight uptick in pop during the first month-plus of the season and appears to have moved past the wrist issue, given he drew the start in left field Monday.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: MRI coming Monday

    Ruiz, who was removed from Saturday's win over the Marlins with a wrist injury and was out of the lineup Sunday, is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday, Jessica Kleinschmidt of the Athletics' official site reports. Manager Mark Kotsay hadn't ruled out Ruiz making an in-game appearance Sunday, but that situation never arose in an ugly 12-3 loss for the Athletics. Ruiz is now headed for further evaluation Monday, after which the severity of injury he suffered making a diving catch in Saturday's game will become clearer.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Makes impact as pinch runner

    Ruiz entered Wednesday's win over the Pirates as a pinch runner in the bottom of the eighth inning, recording a stolen base and subsequently scoring a run. The speedy outfielder offered a spark off the bench after being tasked with running for Abraham Toro, swiping second base and subsequently coming home on Kyle McCann's single. The steal was only Ruiz's fourth in 16 games this season, but his second in the last three contests. The 25-year-old has also shown a welcome increase in pop early in the campaign, as he sports an impressive .861 OPS thanks in large part to having laced five of his nine hits for extra bases.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Productive out of leadoff spot

    Ruiz went 1-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Pirates on Monday. Five of Ruiz's nine hits on the season have now gone for extra bases, leading to his considerably surprising .528 slugging percentage across 42 plate appearances. The speedy outfielder has seen an increase in strikeout rate to 23.8 percent and is sporting a bloated 34.8 percent chase rate as well, but the Athletics might be willing to live with some of that if Ruiz can continue to demonstrate improved pop after posting a middling .654 OPS across 132 games in 2023.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Out again against righty

    Ruiz is not in the lineup for Friday's contest in Cleveland. In four games since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, Ruiz has started once against a left-hander but has been on the bench all three times the Athletics have faced a righty. Ruiz's speed upside warrants him being held in deeper leagues in case he starts playing more, but Oakland doesn't seem to view him as an everyday player.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Homers in return

    Ruiz hit a solo home run in his lone plate appearance in a loss to the Cardinals on Monday. Ruiz was recalled from Triple-A prior to the contest and entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. He produced Oakland's only run of the game when he smashed a 406-foot solo shot off Cardinals reliever JoJo Romero. It was a bit baffling when the A's sent Ruiz to the minors April 1, as he had gone 3-for-7 with a stolen base over his first three games. He played well during his Triple-A stint, slashing .326/.423/.581 with seven thefts in eight tries and showed more than his usual amount of power with three long balls. He probably isn't going to suddenly become a home-run hitter, but that's fine with most fantasy managers who hung onto him during his demotion -- after Ruiz racked up an AL-leading 67 thefts as a rookie last year, he figures to be a difference-maker in that category (if given enough playing time) now that he's back in the big leagues.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Makes impact out of top of order

    Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs in a win over the Guardians on Sunday. Ruiz started in only two installments of the season-opening four-game set against Cleveland, but he managed to make an impact in each of those contests. Sunday, he one-upped the 1-for-3, one-RBI effort he'd put together Friday, swatting his second extra-base hit of the campaign and pulling off one of his signature steals after setting a new AL rookie record with 67 stolen bases in 2023. Ruiz is technically stuck in a rotational role in the outfield for the time being, but he may certainly force manager Mark Kotsay's hand if his hot hitting persists.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Won't start Saturday

    Ruiz is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Guardians. Ruiz started in left field and was in the leadoff spot Friday. He finished the game going 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI sacrifice fly. Seth Brown pinch hit for Ruiz in the eighth inning, and the former will start in left field and bat fifth Saturday while JJ Bleday mans center field and bats third against Guardians right-hander Tanner Bibee.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Rips three-bagger Wednesday

    Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run in the Athletics' Cactus League win over the Giants on Wednesday. Both of the usually light-hitting Ruiz's hits thus far this spring have been impactful, as he also belted a solo home run in the Cactus League opener against the Rockies. The fleet-footed outfielder, who recorded an AL rookie-record 67 steals in 2023, has been quiet in that department thus far this spring, but he should once again serve as a prolific source of stolen bases while looking to improve on the .254/.309/.345 slash line he produced last season.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Productive in shutout loss Sunday

    Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases in a loss to the Tigers on Sunday. The rookie outfielder collected his 64th and 65th steals of the season, extending his insurmountable AL lead over the Royals' Bobby Witt (48 steals) and bringing him within three of MLB frontrunner Ronald Acuna. Ruiz is creating plenty of opportunities to utilize his blazing speed on the basepaths of late, as he's now hitting .381 (8-for-21) with Sunday's double, a home run, four RBI, two walks, seven steals and three runs across his last eight games.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Swats fifth homer in win

    Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and an additional run scored in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Detroit. The speedy 24-year-old took Joey Wentz deep for a two-run shot, giving Oakland a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Through 18 games in September, Ruiz is batting .318 with three home runs, eight RBI, six runs and 10 steals; much improved from the .173/.259/.288 slash line he posted across 22 games in August.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Crosses 60-steal mark

    Ruiz went 1-for-2 with two stolen bases in Monday's 5-0 loss to the Mariners. Ruiz didn't start the game, but he entered as a pinch hitter and made some noise on the basepaths. The two steals gave him 61 on the year, the most by an American League player since Juan Pierre swiped 68 in 2010. Ruiz has notched eight thefts in September despite somewhat limited playing time. Over 121 contests this season, he's added a .250/.304/.338 slash line, four home runs, 42 RBI and 44 runs scored.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Taking seat Monday

    Ruiz is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Ruiz's playing time has been sporadic over the last couple weeks, as he had started three of the previous four games prior to Monday but before that made only one start in a six-game stretch. His stolen-base upside keeps his fantasy value afloat, but his stock has nonetheless taken a hit with the lack of consistent at-bats.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Fills box score in win

    Ruiz went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, a stolen base, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 9-2 win over the Angels. Somewhat surprisingly, Ruiz came up a triple shy of the cycle, though he never had a chance at it after making outs in his first two at-bats. He's collected six hits over his last 11 at-bats while logging five steals in that span. The speedy outfielder is up to 54 thefts with three homers, 40 RBI, 42 runs scored, 22 doubles, a triple and a .251/.307/.338 slash line through 428 plate appearances. Ruiz has fallen into a timeshare in center field, and his brutal August slump has allowed Lawrence Butler to earn time against right-handers.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Swipes two more bags

    Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Mariners. Getting the start in left field and batting ninth, Ruiz continued to be a pest on the basepaths by swiping bags in the second and seventh innings, but he also got thrown out at the plate to end the latter frame -- a play that loomed large given the final score. Incredibly, Ruiz has more steals (10) than hits (nine) in August, slashing a woeful .173/.259/.288 on the month and seeing his playing time dwindle as Lawrence Butler takes over the starting center-field job for the A's.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Heads to bench Sunday

    Ruiz is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles. Ruiz will hit the bench for Oakland's second straight matchup with a right-handed pitcher (Kyle Bradish), ceding his spot in the outfield to Tony Kemp. The non-contending Athletics probably aren't ready to pull the plug on Ruiz as an everyday player just yet, but the rookie's downturn in playing time comes while he's struggled to get going at the dish since making his return from the a dislocated shoulder Aug. 5. In his first 12 games back from the injured list, Ruiz is slashing .167/.250/.306 with a 34.1 percent strikeout rate, though he's at least helped out fantasy managers with five stolen bases and a home run.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: On bench Friday

    Ruiz is not in the lineup Friday against the Orioles. Ruiz has recorded a double and a stolen base in each of his last two games, but he's slashing just .251/.304/.331 across 405 total major-league plate appearances this year, albeit with an AL-leading 48 steals. Tony Kemp, Lawrence Butler and Seth Brown are starting across the outfield for Oakland on Friday.
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  • Athletics' Esteury Ruiz: Records 47th steal Tuesday

    Ruiz went 1-for-2 with a double, a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday. Ruiz hit out of the No. 9 spot in the order for only the second time since returning from the injured list on Aug. 5. The speedy outfielder was able to record an extra-base hit for a second straight game after clocking his second home run of the season Monday, and he also pulled off his seventh straight successful stolen-base attempt in the process. Despite the recent success, Ruiz is still carrying a .179/.207/.321 slash line and 33.3 percent strikeout rate across the 30 plate appearances he's logged over nine games since his return.
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