Dodgers Prospects: Three rookies that could make debut in 2020
Dodgers Prospect likely to be called up in 2020 – Keibert Ruiz
As we’ve previously discussed in another post, the shortened season is going to result in an expanded roster. Most teams will now be able to carry 29 players instead of the typical 26. That means the team will be able to carry more depth pieces to help weather a schedule that is built to play as many games as possible in a short period of time.
One position that undoubtedly will need to be bolstered will be the catching corps. With the season being crunched and off days at a premium, having an extra catcher on hand will be key. It’s a good thing that the Dodgers have one on the 40-man roster that is ready to make the jump.
Keibert Ruiz ranks as the team’s 4th rated prospect coming into the 2020 season. The 20-year-old split time between Double and Triple-A last season, hitting a combined .261/.331/.347 with six home runs and 34 RBI. An excellent contact hitter, Ruiz struck out just 22 times in 314 at-bats, but his power dropped off a bit after hitting 12 home runs the season prior.
At 20-years-old, Ruiz could use another season at Triple-A where he can work on his selectivity at the plate and shore up his defensive efforts behind the dish. However, with a spot on the 40-man and the Dodgers needing five different catchers last season, the likelihood of Ruiz receiving his first call-up are pretty high.