Carlos Ruiz‘s season started on the wrong foot before it ever began. On November 27, 2012, we learned that Ruiz had tested positive for amphetamines and would be suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season. The Phillies used a combination of Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero, but neither performed well enough to truly replace Ruiz.
Ruiz made his season debut on April 28, but it has been all downhill from there. A year after setting career-highs in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage (as well as numerous others) and emerging as one of the most valuable catchers in baseball, Ruiz has been among the worst this year. Currently, he has a .272 weighted on-base average, well below the .311 Major League average and seventh-worst among catchers with at least 140 plate appearances.
Currently, Ruiz’s five percent walk rate would be a career low. His 14 percent strikeout rate would be a career-high. His .024 isolated power is so minuscule that even Ben Revere (.048) can taunt him. Everything that made Ruiz good as a hitter last year are now completely gone.