Limited Views: Position Players, LA Dodgers (Hi-A)

Keibert Ruiz
Age: 19.9
Ht: 6'0"
Wt: 200
Pos: C

Role: 6

Comments: Keibert Ruiz is a plus defensive catcher with a plus hit tool. Without going into anymore detail, that makes him a future major leaguer.

The switch hitter is much stronger from the left side of the plate and is able to manipulate the barrel for both power and contact relative to count and situation. Saw several adjustments in the box reminiscent of Yadier Molina at the plate, poking a single to the opposite field in a 2-strike count. 

Behind the plate, Ruiz is firm and strong in his actions and control of the game. Constantly aware of baserunners and opportunities for back-pickoffs, while maintaining attention to receiving/framing/blocking all at once. 1.95s pop time to 2B seen in game which is above average for a catcher.

It's just a one game look and one batting practice, but initial impressions are high. Something like 50 raw power, 60 hit, 60 fldng, 60 arm for Ruiz. Given the lack of true hitting catcher in baseball, I think Ruiz would be a true role 6 if he lives up to what I saw.

DJ Peters
Age: 21.7
Ht: 6'6"
Wt: 225
Pos: CF

Role: 4

Comments: Peters is as tooled out as they come. A 6'6" CF with power in the bat and speed in the legs. Peters plays a capable CF but leaves some to be desired at the plate. The staunchly upright approach leaves more swing/miss than foul balls in the profile. A steep bat plane coming from a purely angled bat at Peters' height does not stay through the zone in any given zone for long. Incredible BP session but less of such contact in game situations. While low/away offspeed pitches are a concern for almost every batter, Peters doesn't show the capacity to reach out and make enough contact on those pitches to stay in the count in the first place.

Would love to be wrong on Peters, but there's such a gap between the raw/BP bat and the gametime bat that I'm not sure how much overhauling in his setup and approach he and the Dodgers will even attempt. He's got power and will play a future so-so CF or (+) corner OF, but I don't see the bat having enough of a ceiling to justify a starting position. Role 4.