Hey Mom, look what I found.....
I heard whisperings that Randy Ruiz had been playing a little outfield in the winter leagues. I had already looked into his hitting and was pleasantly surprised. He should arrive at camp next month in mid season form. But the thought of him playing defense got my mind racing. I had to see it for myself and was able to track down this boxscore.
|Player||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||SO || AVG|
|Torres CF||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||1|| .269|
|DeJesus CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|| 0 ||.083|
|Molina, F 2B||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||.194|
|Hernandez, J RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Ruiz, R LF||5||2||3||0||0||2||6||0||1||.346|
|Hernandez, M LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Leon, D DH||5||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.307|
|Sanchez, An SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.331|
|Maldonado, M C||3||4||3||0||0||2||5||1||0||.192|
|Garcia, A P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rivera, M P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Limonta (8, Matos, J), Leon, D (14, Matos, J), Valencia (2, Matos, J).
HR: Maldonado, M 2 (3, 3rd inning off Padilla, Ju, 2 on, 1 out; 5th inning off Flores, A, 1 on, 2 out), Ruiz, R 2 (6, 3rd inning off Padilla, Ju, 2 on, 2 out; 5th inning off Matos, J, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Torres 2; Limonta 3; Ruiz, R 9; Leon, D 2; Valencia 2; Sanchez, An; Guzman; Maldonado, M 9.
RBI: Limonta 2 (25), Maldonado, M 5 (8), Ruiz, R 6 (26), Valencia (7), Guzman (20).
2-out RBI: Ruiz, R 3; Guzman; Maldonado, M 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanchez, An 2; Leon, D 2.
Team RISP: 8-for-19.
Team LOB: 8.
E: Ruiz, R (7, fielding), Hernandez, M (1, fielding).
DP: 2 (Molina, F-Sanchez, An-Guzman 2).
|Player||IP ||H ||R ||ER ||BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Padilla, Ju (L, 5-3)||3.0||7||8||3||4|| 5 || 2 ||3.08|
|Matos, J ||1.1||5||6||6||1||1||1||12.08|
|Flores, A ||1.2||2||2||2||0||2||1||7.16|
- Randy Ruiz started in left field and hit clean up.
- Huge day at the plate and was no doubt seeing the ball well.
- Clutched up with a big three run shot with two out.
- Charged with an error in the field, his SEVENTH in the 26 game season. There is no way to tell how many of those games he was the DH.
- Was replaced defensively most likely in last inning.
- Guy who replaced him also made an error in left so there is hope that maybe the lights were low or something. ;)
- The pitchers for the other team did not have a very good day.
We all know what he can do with the stick:
Courtesy of The Mockingbird
The Cito said late last season that he doesn't want Lind in LF when Snyder is in RF. When asked this off season who his lead off guy would be, he said Bautista. Unfortunately for The Human Rain Delay, Overbay is still employed and will play a lot (read not platoon) if we are trying to showcase him for a trade and/or beef up his Elias free agent ranking.
We have only 4 bench spots and you have to know that Johnny Mac and the back up catcher get two of them. For the third spot we would need a 4th outfielder. That only leaves one spot available. I guess what I'm trying to say is if the season started tomorrow, Randy would be hard pressed to crack the 25 man active roster and would basically be auditioning for that final spot. But if he can market himself as anything other than just a DH this spring, his chances go up substantially.
Personally, I would like him get around 500 at bats only to see what he can really do. The problem is I don't know who you take those at bats away from in order to give him the opportunity.