LF,CF,RF - Oakland Athletics
A's outfielder Esteury Ruiz is back in the starting lineup Thursday versus the Tigers.
Ruiz sat out of Oakland's series finale with the Mariners on Wednesday but will return to the leadoff spot Thursday versus the Tigers. The speedster has hit .251 with four homers and a whopping 61 stolen bases across 122 games this season.
Esteury Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a couple of stolen bases Wednesday.
Ruiz continues to rack up the steals, as the rookie speedster now has 58 across 113 games. He is really only a one-category contributor for fantasy purposes, but Ruiz is a true difference maker in the speed department.
Esteury Ruiz contributed with two hits, a double, one RBI, one run scored, and two stolen bases in the Athletics' 5-4 loss to Mariners on Wednesday.
With 53 stolen bases on the season, Ruiz continues to be a valuable asset in fantasy baseball, providing a significant boost in the stolen base category. However, his overall batting average of .246 and limited power numbers may limit his fantasy impact in other categories.
Oakland A's outfielder Esteury Ruiz is back in the starting lineup Wednesday versus the Mariners.
Wednesday marks Ruiz's first start since Aug. 27 and it will come out of the nine-hole for the second straight start. While the rookie has showcased his speed with 51 stolen bases on the season, a .243 average and tiny 3.7% BB% has his production sitting 23% below the league average, as per his 77 wRC+.
Ruiz went 1-for-2 with a double and a stolen base in a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.
In 94 games this season, Ruiz has a .251 batting average with 37 RBI, 47 stolen bases, and 20 doubles.