July 22, 2004

Backyard Baseball: Ruiz extends hitting streak

Reading catcher Carlos Ruiz extended his hitting streak to eight games Wednesday night. Ruiz went 1-2, including a sac fly that scored Ryan Howard for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

A breeze for Ruiz
I made the bold statement July 8 that Carlos Ruiz would make the majors even before much hyped prospects Gavin Floyd and Ryan Howard. The road in front of him, at catcher, is wide, wide open.

When I spoke to him earlier in the season, he needed SS Danny Gonzalez to translate. This may account for his slow progress through the minors. Ruiz, who stands all of 5-7, not 5-10 as listed in the media guide, is 25 and a native of Panama. Here's a quick look at his season thus far.

2004: .293 AVG., .481 SLG., 62 G, 9 HR


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