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Keibert Ruiz is one of the youngest catchers in Dodgers history

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Ruiz is 22 years, 27 days old on Sunday for his major league debut.

MLB: JUL 20 Diamondbacks at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Keibert Ruiz will start Sunday’s series finale against the Angels, one day after getting recalled from the alternate training site at USC. At 22 years, 27 days old, Ruiz is one of the youngest catchers in Dodgers history.

Ruiz was called up Saturday when catcher Will Smith was placed on the 10-day injured list with neck inflammation.

Dating back to 1901, only five other Dodgers catchers have started a game at Ruiz’s age or younger.

Youngest Dodgers catchers

Catcher Starts by Keibert's age Year(s) Age of debut Total LA games caught Career games caught
Catcher Starts by Keibert's age Year(s) Age of debut Total LA games caught Career games caught
Al Lopez 115 1928-30 20.038 746 1,918
Dioner Navarro 49 2005 21.170 128 891
Mike Scioscia 44 1980 21.145 1,395 1,395
Otto Miller 23 1910-11 21.081 890 890
Gil Reyes 9 1983-84 19.183 33 117
Keibert Ruiz is 22 years, 27 days old Sunday Age is years.days so 20.038 is 20 years, 38 days old

The youngest Dodgers starting catcher in the modern era was Gil Reyes, who started eight games in 1983 before turning 20. His major league debut was June 11 that year, when Reyes was only 19 years, 183 days old.

Al Lopez caught the most games for the Dodgers at such a young age, starting 115 times by the time he was Ruiz’s current age. Lopez made his major league debut just over a month after his 20th birthday in 1928 by starting both ends of a doubleheader and catching 19 innings.

Ruiz gives Austin Barnes the day off after starting three straight days behind the plate. Barnes caught the last 33 defensive innings for the Dodgers, and 42 of the last 46.

Dustin May will be a familiar face for Ruiz to catch. From 2017-19, Ruiz caught May 28 times across four minor league levels, including the postseason.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, TBS, Fox Sports West (Angels broadcast)