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Fantasy Baseball 365:
Yesterday, Phillies star catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended for use of amphetamines. I wrote a quick article for The Outside Corner once the news broke, in which I noted:
"Also career highs in 2012 were Ruiz's BABIP (.339) and HR/FB rate (15.1 percent), which shot up drastically from 4.4 percent in 2011 with a previous career high of 8.1 percent (minimum of 300 at-bats). Were amphetamines the leading cause for these sharp statistical increases at age 33? It's impossible to say for sure, but one has to speculate -- especially for a catcher, whose position creates the most wear and tear out of any other everyday position -- that they did indeed play a role."
Outside of the fact that Ruiz will miss 25 games, and the numbers that comes along with them, we can certainly approach his 2013 projections with caution due to several circumstances. One could argue that Ruiz would miss as many games anyway due to his position and need for rest, but rest in the case of a catcher is often times about a break during a long stretch rather than the general wear-and-tear of a long season -- though that certainly plays a role as well. The question isn't so much what the time off will do to Ruiz, but whether or not a lack of an illegal substance will affect his numbers.
It has been reported that Adderall was the substance Ruiz was bannded for using. Adderall is commonly subscribed to people with ADHD, which helps with focus, not adrenaline.
Concentration is an important component to a players batting skill that cannot be presented through statistics. Given what we know about MLB's anti-amphetamine policy -- a player must fail a test twice before suspension -- the use of amphetamines was not a one-time deal for Ruiz. Because fantasy baseball is about trying to figure what a player will do rather than what he has done, we must consider that Ruiz's 2012 numbers were at least somewhat inflated due to a banned substance. While we do not know exactly when or how often Ruiz was using the substance, we can look at his unusual hot start to 2012 as a reason to question his performance given his track record. Since 2006, Ruiz has put up better numbers in the second half of the season, a trend that was reversed this past season.
That being said, we still can assume a couple of things about Ruiz based on his track record...
1. He should still hold above average value in OBP leagues thanks to solid plate discipline and contact skills over the past few seasons. While his drop in walk rate last season is a bit disconcerting, it also could end up as an outlier given consistently high walk rates since 2008 and the use of an adrenaline boosting substance in 2012.
2. He still has a chance to hit for a decent average. As stated above, his solid plate discipline and contact skills are a starting point and he has held a line drive rate of over 20-percent since 2010.
When we put everything together, and consider that he'll be a 34-year-old catcher heading into the 2013 season, we find a bit more risk than stability, especially considering that he dealt with and missed time from a Plantar Fasciitis (foot) injury late last season.
Carlos Ruiz - C - PHI
2013 Age: 34 - Splits: None
2013 Projection: 383 AB, .287/.379/.456, 8 HR, 56 RBI, 50 R, 2 SB
Upside: .300/.400/.450, 12 HR
Downside: .265/.360, 5 HR. Even more downside if his walk rate does not bounce back.
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Ruiz set career-highs in 2012 in eight offensive categories. Did Adderall aid that?
According to tweets from both Matt Gelb and Todd Zolecki, Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games for the use of amphetamines, specifically Adderall.
In his story, Gelb says “the suspension was triggered by Ruiz’s second positive test for the stimulant.” The Phillies will be without him until...
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for an amphetamine.
The 33-year-old was an All-Star for the first time this year when he hit .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs.
According to a Philadelphia Inquirer report, Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention...
The Philadelphia Phillies will be without their All-Star catcher, Carlos Ruiz, for the first 25 games next season. Ruiz was suspended for testing positive for a banned stimulant. He will serve the suspension at the start of the 2013 season, but he will be able to participate in spring training.
According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, Ruiz tested positive...
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games without pay for testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league announced. The suspension is effective at the start of the 2013 regular season. Ruiz can participate in spring training games. The 33-year-old is coming off...
Major League Baseball announced that Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games for testing positive for amphetamines. Some reports have surfaced that the substance Ruiz took was Adderall which is commonly used by students and athletes to stay up, focus and have more energy and can be given as a prescription by a doctor(which is not what happened in this case).
After a 2012 season to forget, the Philadelphia Phillies got some bad news this offseason as catcher Carlos Ruiz tested positive for amphetamines and will be suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for...
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The Phillies catcher is coming off a career year, but the team is going to be without his services for the first 25 games of next season after he was busted for amphetamines.
The Philadelphia Phillies will have to begin their 2013 campaign without All-Star Carlos Ruiz behind the plate. Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that it had suspended the catcher for 25 games for using the banned amphetamine Adderall.
Ruiz released the following statement:
“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a release...
Well, at least it was not steroids. Still, the news that the Phillies’ beloved catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games for violating the league’s drug policy does sort of feel like the end of the world may be upon us. Is the Phillies 2013 season already going down in flames? Oh Chooch, say it ain’t so! I am so depressed…
The stimulant Ruiz took was Adderall, which...
It has just been announced that Phils’ catcher Carlos Ruiz has been tested positive for using Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to help control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as it help the user stay focus. This is not a steroid, but it’s use is banned by MLB. This is the second time that he has tested positive for using the stimulant, which will not lead...
Carlos Ruiz, who was the lone steadying influence on the Phillies last season, has tested positive for Adderall. The result is a 25-game suspension to start the 2013 season.
ESPN reported earlier today that Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been banned for the first 25 games of the 2013 season after testing positive for Amphetamine. Amphetamine is one of the many performance enhancers on Major League Baseball’s banned substance list. Ruiz had a big season production-wise, hitting .325, with 16 home runs and 68 runs…
Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz was suspended for 25 games for testing positive for Adderall.
More like Subtracterall. Because that's what Major League Baseball should do to his salary.
Subtract it all.
Ruiz's felonious decision to use drugs for which he had no prescription or other legitimate use let down his teammates. It let down...
One would have thought that the first major news for the Philadelphia Phillies would have been a major signing or a trade. Well, that was not the case today. News broke just recently that Phillies' All Star catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 25 games without pay after testing positive for the use of an amphetamine.
Ruiz was caught using adderall...
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