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Astros sign fourth-round pick Ruiz

HOUSTON, TX -- The Houston Astros announced today the signing of infielder Rio Ruiz, who they selected in the fourth round in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Astros Assistant General Manager/Director of Scouting Bobby Heck made the official announcement.

Ruiz, 18, took batting practice with the Astros Major League club at Minute Maid Park after signing the contract. He was signed by Astros area scout Tim Costic.

Ruiz hit .455 (46x101) with 14 doubles, three home runs and 35 RBI and led his team to a sectional championship in his junior season at Bishop Amat High School (California) in 2011. He entered the 2012 season as a Rawlings First-Team All-American and was projected as a first-round pick in the 2012 Draft. Ruiz slipped to the fourth round after missing most of his senior year because of a blood clot in his right clavicle.

Ruiz worked out with the Astros Major League club this afternoon without any physical difficulties. He will report to Kissimmee, FL, on Tuesday.

ABOUT THE 4TH ROUNDER

RIO RUIZ (pronounced “Reese”)

Position: Third base

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Height/Weight: 6-1/180

Age: 18

High School: Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, CA

The Astros have now signed nine of their 11 selections within the top 10 rounds and 29 of their 41 overall picks in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Below is a list of Houston’s signed draft selection.

Rnd               Pick               Last                          First                          POS                     Assigned To          Date Signed

1                     1                     Correa                      Carlos                        SS                          GCL                                     6/7/2012

1                     41                   McCullers               Lance                        RHP                      GCL                                   6/18/2012

3                     96                   Rodgers                   Brady                         RHP                      Tri-City                               6/6/2012

4                     129                Ruiz                           Rio                              3B                         TBA                                   6/25/2012

5                     159                Aplin                        Andrew                    CF                         Tri-City                               6/7/2012

6                     189                Phillips                    Brett                          CF                         GCL                                   6/11/2012

8                     249                Heineman              Tyler                          C                           Tri-City                            6/24/2012

9                     279                Minor                       Daniel                       RHP                      Greenville                        6/8/2012

10                   309                Bircher                     Joseph                      LHP                      Tri-City                               6/9/2012

12                   369                Joyce                        Terrell                       LF                          Greenville                        6/7/2012

13                   399                Holmes                   Brian                          LHP                      Tri-City                               6/7/2012

14                   429                Sclafani                    Joseph                      SS                          Greenville                        6/7/2012

15                   459                Gonzalez                 Erick                           RHP                      GCL                                     6/7/2012

16                   489                Gulbransen           Daniel                       LF                          Tri-City                               6/8/2012

17                   519                West                         Aaron                        RHP                      Tri-City                               6/8/2012

18                   549                Gingras                    Richard                     C                           Greenville                        6/7/2012

19                   579                Elkins                        Austin                       2B                         Tri-City                               6/8/2012

21                   639                Wik                            Marc                          CF                         Greenville                     6/11/2012

22                   669                Long                         Kenneth                   LHP                      Tri-City                            6/10/2012

23                   699                Ballew                      Travis                         RHP                      Tri-City                               6/9/2012

25                   759                Dineen                    Ryan                           3B/SS                   Tri-City                            6/10/2012

28                   849                Ibanez                      Angel                        3B                         Greenville                        6/8/2012

29                   879                Garcia                      Christian                  RHP                      Greenville                        6/8/2012

30                   909                Neely                       John                           RHP                      Tri-City                               6/7/2012

31                   939                Cokinos                   M.P.                            C/1B                    Tri-City                               6/7/2012

33                   999                Hauschild               Michael                    RHP                      Greenville                     6/10/2012

34                   1029             Jankowski              Jordan                       RHP                      Greenville                        6/8/2012

36                   1089             Martinez                 Michael                    1B                         Greenville                        6/9/2012

37                   1119             Dimock                   Michael                    RHP                      Greenville                        6/8/2012

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