Love to see a guy say "the hell with switch-hitting because I suck hitting right-handed". Wish more athletes were that honest with themselves. He might come to find out he's not that bad at hitting left on left. Certainly did well yesterday.
I like Ruiz. I don't mind the times he doesn't hit all that well, but last year he also started to slip defensively at times. I pegged him as a possible DFA candidate if someone like Jones manages to win the 2B job, moving Sanchez to 3B. But that feels like a longshot the more I think about it. Ruiz probably has at least a half year left in him as the 3B placeholder before the O's decide to call some guys up (Bannon? Jones? Martin?).
Hell, just have complex Leagues then in Florida and Arizona if travel is going to be an issue early on.
It shouldn't be a problem now, but this zero risk culture we are being forced to live in now makes every league scared to do anything.
But, considering how late they made the decisions on the new leagues it's not overly surprising that MLB is slow to make decisions on the minor leagues.
We live in a goofy world right now.
No predictions here. Just an open mind and a little hope. It seems as though both have been written off by many to some extent. Ruiz as a placeholder until we can get something better and Mullins as a 4th outfielder. I think Ruiz has shown that he can be a solid/average defensive 3B, has good AB's, and has shown flashes of power. He hasn't put it together yet and possibly never will but I think he has a chance. In Mullins' case he offers potential plus defense in CF, speed and a little pop. It will be interesting to see what he will do as a straight LH hitter now. I like each players games and I'm rooting for both. The book isn't closed on these two.