6/9/2011 12:00:00 PMLincoln-West’s Brian Ruiz Drafted by the Cleveland Indians
For Immediate Release:
June 9, 2011
Read More: Wood's working for Dominican native Brian Ruiz at Lincoln-West. May 20, 2011, The Plain Dealer
Lincoln-West Senior, Brian Ruiz, was chosen by the Cleveland Indians as the seventh player in the 41st round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
Ruiz, plays center field for the Wolverines, bats and throws right hand. This past season Ruiz was hitting at .596 and had batted in 22 runs. He was key in advancing Lincoln-West to the OHSAA Regional Tournament, the first time in 24 years for a CMSD team.
Ruiz was voted the Senate Athletic League MVP for the past two seasons and was member of the Senate All-Star team for three years.
Brian has accepted a full scholarship from the Community College of Baltimore County, in Catonsville, Maryland, where Dan Blue, a Cuyahoga Heights native, is the head coach. CCBC Catonsville has had the majority of two-year baseball student athletes moved on to play at various four-year institutions throughout the country and twenty-five(25) student athletes have been drafted and/or eventually signed professional contracts.
His decision will be made later this month after he weighs his options and discusses his future with his family.
This is the first MLB draft pick from a Cleveland School since Lewellyn Hill of Collinwood, who was drafted in 1987 by the New York Yankees.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Leonard B. Jackson, Commissioner
Interscholastic Athletics Office
1380 East Sixth Street - Room 222
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
GETTING TO KNOW BRIAN RUIZ
Name: Brian Emilio Ruiz.
Born: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Birth date: Sept. 11, 1992.
Position: Center fielder.Height: 6-3. Weight: 181.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right.
Family: Parents Ramon Ruiz and Roda Frias; brothers Emanuel Ruiz (14)
and Tirso Pena (7); sisters Ruthdelania Carnacion (21) and
Tisbeth Pena (5); grandmother Athagracia Tejeda.
Favorite food: Italian.
Favorite school subjects: Math and science.
Favorite players: Willie Mays and Albert Pujols.
Glove: Mizuno Pro.
Bat: Louisville Slugger, 33-inch black maple C243.
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