Keibert Ruiz and DJ Peters make MLB prospect team of the week
Keibert Ruiz was named to the MLB Prospect team of the week for the week of June 26th – July 2nd. Readers will remember that Ruiz was my June Prospect of the Month, and the Weekly Farm Factory Award winner for June 26th – July 2nd. A few days ago, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus came out with their midseason prospect rankings, and our 18-year-old switch-hitting catcher tearing up the MWL was nowhere to be found. A few years from now they will wonder how this happened. Evidently, they aren’t paying attention to his monthly growth.
C: Keibert Ruiz, Great Lakes Loons (Class A)
Dodgers No. 12 prospect
6 G, .455/.520/.773, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB
The 18-year-old Venezuelan had four multi-hit games, but his biggest performance came when he went 1-for-3 on Wednesday. The one hit? A grand slam in the ninth to turn a 0-0 tie into a 4-0 lead. Ruiz is now fifth in the Midwest League with his .321 average.
OF: DJ Peters, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Class A Advanced)
(Dodgers’ No. 18 prospect)
7 G, .448/.500/.966, 7 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP
Peters made headlines on Wednesday when he became the first player ever to hit two home runs in the same inning against a rehabbing Madison Bumgarner. What’s more, he hit in each of his seven games to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, during which he’s hitting .429 with a 1.386 OPS and six home runs. Overall, Peters leads the California League with 19 homers.