Reds to sign 16-year-old int'l prospect Ruiz

The Reds on Tuesday agreed to purchase the contract of Victor Ruiz, a 16-year-old third baseman and catcher, from the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League.

Ruiz hit .298 with a .392 on-base percentage and .440 slugging percentage in the Mexican League's Academia in Monterrey. The Reds scouted the 6-foot-2 and 195-pound Ruiz throughout the summer as he played in the academy league, according to director of international scouting Tony Arias.

"He has hit at every level to this point, has very good hands and a good throwing arm, and brings the sort of leadership and competitive qualities to the table that we look for," Arias said.

Ruiz also played for the Mexican national team at the 18U Pan-American Tournament. The right-handed hitter was listed among the "best of the rest" in MLBPipeline.com's ranking of this year's Top International Prospects.

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