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The Phlllies managed just 5 hits in a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. One those hits was an RBI single by Carlos Ruiz, who finished the game 1-for-3. Ruiz, who is batting .229 this spring, is penciled in as the starting catcher.

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz has 5 RBI in 35 at bats this spring and showing excellent bat control this spring. He's struck out only 2 times, but only walked once. Ruiz has only played in 130 or more games once in his career, so expect him to play around 120 games in 2015. Not an upper echelon offensive catcher, Ruiz is still a good fantasy option in most leagues.

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Like many of the Phillies players this spring, Carlos Ruiz has struggled at the plate. Ruiz got one of five Phillies' hits on Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a run scored in a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Ruiz is hitting .125 in Grapefruit League play.

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz is penciled in as the starting catcher come Opening Day. He has played 130 or more games only once in his career, so he's likely to see between 110 and 130 games behind the plate this season. While not a top offensive fantasy catcher, Ruiz is steady and should be a decent option in most leagues.

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The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Detroit Tigers in Grapefruit League play on Saturday by the score of 5-4. The Phillies made the most of seven hits, one of which game from Carlos Ruiz, who has been struggling all spring. Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a double and is hitting .056 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: The struggles at the plate for Ruiz will not affect his starter status. He can be expected to play between 110 and 120 games this season. While Ruiz is not an elite fantasy catcher, he is still solid and should be a starter in most fantasy leagues.

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The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday by the score of 6-0. The Phillies managed just 6 hits and catcher Carlos Ruiz continues to scuffle. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and 4 left on base and remains without a hit this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz is penciled in as the starter at catcher, but the 36-year old has played in 130 or more games just once in his career. Ruiz can still be productive at the plate and should be a starter in most leagues, but he's not an upper echelon fantasy catcher.

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The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday by the score of 4-2. One of the two runs was knocked in by Carlos Ruiz, who is still without a hit this spring. His 0-for-4 at the plate puts him at 0-for-9 this spring.

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz is still a solid veteran catcher, but is not a big threat with the bat. He is also 36 years old and has only played 130 or more games once in his career. Expect Ruiz to play between 110 and 120 games and be a decent option as a second catcher in most leagues.

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Carlos Ruiz is looking at limited playing time in 2015. Ruiz turned 36 earlier this year, and is the oldest starting catcher in the majors. Given his age and injury concerns(DL stint in each of last 6 years), it seems the Phillies are ready to start developing a new face behind the plate. "We're looking for a guy who can support us 50, 60, 70 games, Ruben Amrao, Phillies GM, said. Whoever wins that battle will see a great rise in playing time and fantasy value. (Source: CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz's value obviously decreases with this news. But, the opportunity for Cameron Rupp, Tommy Joseph, Koyie Hill, John Hester, or Rene Garcia is there this spring training. The competition for back up/part time catcher will be determined during spring training, but at this point, it seems like Rupp's job to lose.