By now, Dodgers fans have likely gotten to know Keibert Ruiz over the last couple of days. The highest-ranked catching prospect in the farm system made a name for himself this past Sunday when he homered in his first at-bat.
But the average Dodgers fan might not know that Ruiz has been highly regarded in the system for quite some time. It was never a question if he would arrive in the big leagues, but rather when.
Keibert was signed as an international free agent by the Dodgers in 2014 at just 16 years old. He quickly worked his way up through the farm system and into the top prospect rankings in all of MLB. And finally, 6 years after Los Angeles scooped him up, Keibert made his big league debut.
But that debut did not come without a few uphill battles. The most recent one to plague Keibert was a positive COVID-19 test, limiting his availability early in Summer Camp. He revealed that to Dodgers media on Tuesday afternoon.
Keibert Ruiz confirms he was late to summer camp because he was COVID positive. He was sick for about 7 days. #Dodgers
He lost his sense of taste, had a headache and fever for a few days. Says “I’m good now.”
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 18, 2020
Ruiz was one of the unlucky people who had to experience the symptoms of COVID-19. He said tht he had lost his sense of smell and taste and that he had a lingering headache to go along with a fever. But more importantly, Ruiz also noted that he is feeling fine and ready to play for the Dodgers.
Keibert got the start on Sunday afternoon with Dustin May throwing for the Dodgers. Tony Gonsolin gets the start tonight, another guy that Ruiz has caught in the minor leagues.