Here we have two different players with two different skill sets. Keibert Ruiz, the 19-year old catcher out of Venezuela is known and regarded for his defense and contact-oriented bat. Smith, a 23-year old catcher who has college baseball experience is known for his powerful swing and elite defense.
Why are they paired in the article you ask because they have been paired in their rise through the organization.
Currently, in Double-A, the dangerous catching duo of Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz have turned heads enough so that their names are constantly being thrown around in trade rumors.
That comes as no surprise as Smith is hitting .289 on the year with 15 home runs and has looked unstoppable on defense not only at catcher but at second base. On Ruiz’s resume is a fantastic season in 2017 and while his statistics are way down this year, he is just 19-years old and has tons of room to grow due to his youth.
In terms of trade, one can stay and one can go. The Dodgers are stacked on the farm at the catching position and one of these two backstops will one day be the feature catcher on the ballclub. But, like with Verdugo, the other one of the two, who is not used as the regular catcher, is just too good to use in a reserve role thus a trade serves the team better.
If you are wondering which prospect of the two is more tradable, I would have no good answer. Ruiz is attractive for opposing teams because of his age and potential and that will probably work to get the team a nicer player. Smith’s age and talent prohibit how much the team can get in return but it is well known the Dodgers and other teams are very high on Smith.
Trade status for Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith: Pick one to keep and one to trade.