In 2022, Jose Ruiz completed his fifth season pitching out of the bullpen for Chicago White Sox. The 27-year-old righty compiled a 4.60 ERA and a 1.418 WHIP while striking out 68 across 60.2 innings. These numbers represented an interesting contrast to his 2021 performance.
Jose Ruiz's 2022 Season
Ruiz was unfortunately misused by the White Sox. The righty was thrust into high- and medium-leverage situations too often, much like fellow reliever Matt Foster. Ruiz had an sOPS+ of 91 in low-leverage spots compared to 160 and 159 marks in high- and medium-leverage situations, respectively. Simply put, Ruiz needs to be used in low-pressure situations to be successful.
This was not entirely the fault of manager Tony La Russa. The White Sox had a gluttony of injuries plague their entire roster. As a result, the South Siders had to rely on Ruiz to get outs under unfavorable circumstances.
Jose Ruiz's performance suffered due to the Sox using him in the wrong role. He saw a sharp increase in terms of earned runs and walks allowed despite striking out hitters at a higher K/9 rate.
Final Grade: D-
What's On Tap Next?
The 28-year-old is due for his first year of arbitration in 2023. The Chicago White Sox will have to make a decision on a pay increase for the righty. Otherwise, they must look internally for younger, less expensive options.