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Reds sign utility man Victor Ruiz

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The Cincinnati Reds announced Tuesday that they have purchased the contract of third baseman/catcher Victor Ruiz from the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League.

The Reds’ Director of International Scouting, Tony Arias, had this to say about Ruiz:

“We scouted Victor extensively this summer playing in the Mexican academy in Monterrey, where he had an outstanding season. We also saw him excel at the 18U Pan-American Tournament as a 16-year-old for the Mexican National Team. 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.”

MLB.com ranked Ruiz among the “names to watch” during the international signing period on a list released back in May.

The Reds are coming off another subpar season that saw them finish just 68-94, good for last place in the National League Central. They were tied with the San Diego Padres for the worst record in the N.L. Cincinnati has made just three playoff appearances overall since 1996, the last of which came in 2013 when they lost the Wild Card Game at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They also blew a 2-0 series lead against the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 Division Series after winning the Central.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco has dealt with numerous injuries following a breakout 2014 campaign during which he slugged 25 home runs and posted an on-base percentage of .359. The 28-year-old backstop has been limited to just 39 games in the two seasons since.

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