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Keibert Ruiz starts in AFL Fall Stars game

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Right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield also named to team

Keibert Ruiz behind the plate
Keibert Ruiz behind the plate
Rich Crimi

Later today, the Arizona Fall League will have their Fall Stars Game as their schedule heads toward the final few weeks of play. The Dodgers have two players on the West roster, catcher Keibert Ruiz and right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield.

Ruiz is scheduled to start alongside top prospects like Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Keston Hiura, and Luis Robert. The East squad will have MLB Top 10 prospect Forrest Whitley and Taylor Trammell.

In 2017, outfielder Yusniel Diaz and infielder Matt Beaty were the Dodger representatives in the Fall Stars Game. 2016 saw a trio of Dodger prospects, Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo named to the Fall Stars team.

Currently, Ruiz is hitting .289/.365/.311 in 51 plate appearances. Ruiz has only one extra-base hit, a double but he’s only struck out twice in 45 at-bats.

Sheffield has pitched in six games, throwing six scoreless innings. He’s struck out five and given up three hits.

The other Dodger prospects have had varied amounts of success in the AFL.

Left-handed pitcher Ben Holmes has pitched 19⅔ innings with 23 strikeouts. He has a 1.17 WHIP and a 2.29 ERA.

Right-handed pitchers Andre Scrubb and Nolan Long have pitched in relief for Glendale. Scrubb has only one strike out in 5⅓ innings pitched. Nolan Long has given up 11 runs in 8⅓ innings pitched.

Jared Walker, Errol Robinson and Cody Thomas are all hitting below .200. Walker has hit two home runs but has also struck out 20 times. Robinson and Thomas are hitting .156 and .152 respectively.

Updated results from Fall Stars Game

The West Fall Stars walked off with a 7-6 win when Meibrys Viloria singled home Buddy Reed. Reed had just tripled home Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to tie the game.

Keibert Ruiz and Jordan Sheffield played on the West Fall Stars team and both played well. Ruiz started and caught the first six innings. He went 1-for-1 with an RBI single and a walk. Sheffield recorded two outs with one strikeout.

You can see video of Ruiz’s RBI single in the story in the below tweet.