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OAK Esteury Ruiz
Oakland Athletics
OF: 128   DH: 3  
2024 Projected Value: $15
Based on 10-team AL-only league

Player Stats      Daily Log
2024 proj 452 112 50 9 52 28 97 40 0.248 31.7
2023 449 114 47 5 47 20 99 67 0.254 40.3
2022 35 6 3 0 2 1 7 1 0.171 -0.6

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Date News
1/27/24 [MLB: Film Room] - AL Top Rookies of 2023: #11 | 01/28/2024. Esteury Ruiz is ranked one of 2023's Top Rookies of the American League
12/23/23 [MLB: Film Room] - Stats & Oddities: Esteury Ruiz | 12/22/2023. Esteury Ruiz breaks Kenny Lofton’s 1992 AL rookie record of 66 stolen bases by a rookie with 67
12/22/23 2023 Athletics Season in Review: Esteury Ruiz. Outfielder Esteury Ruiz was one of the headliners for the Oakland Athletics in the big three-team trade that sent catcher Sean Murphy to the Atlanta Braves. Ruiz saw ample playing time and broke Kenny Lofton's stolen base record for a rookie. Acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers last December in a three-team trade that also involved the Atlanta Braves. Oakland acquired Ruiz along with Royber Salinas, Kyle Muller, Manny Pina and Freddy Tarnok in exchange for Sean Murphy and Joel Payamps.
12/12/23 [Fan Nation] - Projecting A's Outfielder Esteury Ruiz for 2024. Esteury Ruiz can swipe bags, but will he add some power in 2024?
11/05/23 [NBC Sports Bay Area] - How A's GM Forst believes Ruiz can improve upon electric rookie season. Programming note: Watch Brodie Brazil’s exclusive interview with Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst in “A’s Season Review,” which will debut Thursday at 10:30 p.m., after “Sharks Postgame Live,” on NBC Sports California. Esteury Ruiz during the Athletics’ 2023 MLB season, surpassing the American League rookie record previously set by Kenny Lofton. If Ruiz didn’t miss most of July , that number easily could have been closer to 80. “No doubt,” A’s general manager David Forst confirmed to NBC Sports California. “It’s a really exciting skill. Something that can change the game in a way that very few other players in the big leagues can do.” Ruiz was part of the A’s trade that sent Sean Murphy to the Atlanta Braves, but the outfielder is easily forgotten because he came from the Milwaukee Brewers as part of that three-team deal. Once Ruiz returned from the injured list in August, the speedster also became more of a platoon player instead of re-assuming his everyday role in center field. “He had his ups and downs in terms of offensive performance and ultimately ended up playing more in the corner than center field once Lawrence [Butler] was here,” Forst said. “So there are things about his game he needs to work on, but it is a game-changing ability that is really valuable.” The A’s would love more steals from Ruiz in 2024, and to do that they’d love to see him get on base more — specifically via the walk. In 497 plate appearances this past season, Ruiz earned just 20 free passes. “You expect a certain amount of production out of a leadoff hitter on base, and you know, he wasn’t hitting for power, he wasn’t taking walks,” Forst said. “Those are sort of the basic things.” The A’s still can see Ruiz playing center field, knowing his conversion from the days of shortstop are still in progress. “You put a guy like that in center field strictly because he’s fast, but there’s a lot of nuance to the position,” Forst said. “And like you said, he came up as an infielder. Speed isn’t going to make up for everything. So whether it’s positioning or jumps, these are things that ideally you don’t have to learn at the major league level.” Ruiz truly is a coveted piece of the A’s future, using his rare athleticism at a time when pitch clocks are promoting stolen bases across the league. And while are understandable from the casual A’s fans, those on the very inside are thrilled with Esteury’s potential for the next few years. “I can’t wait to see what he becomes,” said Forst.

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