Player: Carlos Ruiz
Consistency: Chooch had another solid year by his standards. For an 8-hole hitter, his .255 average and .355 OBP were very good. He started out batting .304 after May but batted .173 during June and July, dropping his average to .223. He then heated up tremendously, batting well over .300 for the remainder of the season to bring his average back up
He carried his hot bat into the playoffs, taking the nickname “Senior Chooch-tobre.” He batted .341 in the playoffs with six extra base hits and nine RBI’s.
Regular Season Stats: 107 G, 322 AB, 32 R, 82 H, 26 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 3 SB, 47 BB, 39 K, .255 AVG, .355 OBP, .425 SLG
Post Season Stats: 15 G, 44 AB, 8 R, 15 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB, 12 BB, 4 K, .341 AVG, .491 OBP, .591 SLG
Fielding: He has established himself as one of the top fielding catchers in the game. He is so quick to drop to the dirt and get to past balls. He had only three errors and a .996 fielding percentage. 61 bases were stolen on him and 23 didn’t quite make it.
Health: He hurt his hand late in the season, missing a couple weeks but was obviously healthy enough in the playoffs.
Intangibles: His fielding his exceptional and his bat is much better than your average 8-hitter. He handles Brad Lidge and Cole Hamels the best. It’s going to be interesting to see his relationship with Roy Halladay, who pitches low and forces a lot of ground balls.
Overall Grade: B. His stretch from August to October really brought his grade back up. He’s a good catcher and very vital to this team’s success defensively and in the bottom of the order.