Gwinnett third baseman again showing signs of good development

Is Rio Ruiz again becoming a prospect to watch in Gwinnett?

Rio Ruiz has had an up-and-down career since joining the Atlanta Braves' organization. And he's now finishing one of his better months in the farm system.

Ruiz was 2-4 Sunday in Gwinnett's win over Charlotte. His season batting average is now up to .278 with 4 home runs and 21 runs batted in. His on base percentage is now .371.

For the month of June, Ruiz is now hitting .333 (24-72) with 1 home run and 4 RBI, with a .422 on base percentage. That comes after he hit .198 in May but .310 in April.

Look at how Ruiz's numbers have see-sawed back and forth in his

2015
April - .217
May - .149
June - .310
July - .185
August - .302
September - .176

2016
April - .310
May - .198
June - .333

We have to remember Ruiz just turned 22 years old five weeks ago, so he's still very young. To have his numbers in Triple-A is very promising, but the Braves need to see some consistency. He needs to put a few good back-to-back months together to show he's a serious prospect.

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