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Blake Rutherford

Blake Rutherford

RF | B/T: L/R | 6' 2" 210 | Age: 22
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 1, #18, New York Yankees) - Chaminade Prep (CA) HS
Simi Valley, CA USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 480 438 50 116 7 49 9 .265 .319 .365 .684
Career Minors 1537 1395 185 390 19 174 34 .280 .337 .400 .737
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .265 7 49 9 .684
Career Minors .280 19 174 34 .737

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 2 Teams Minors 33 130 114 16 40 8 4 3 12 13 30 0 2 1 .351 .415 .570 .986
2016 GCL Yankees West GCL ROK 8 30 25 3 6 1 0 1 3 4 6 0 0 0 .240 .333 .400 .733
2016 Pulaski Yankees APP ROK 25 100 89 13 34 7 4 2 9 9 24 0 2 1 .382 .440 .618 1.058
2017 2 Teams Minors 101 440 396 52 103 25 2 2 35 38 76 10 4 2 .260 .326 .348 .674
2017 Charleston RiverDogs SAL A(Full) 71 304 274 41 77 20 2 2 30 25 55 9 4 2 .281 .342 .391 .733
2017 Kannapolis Intimidators SAL A(Full) 30 136 122 11 26 5 0 0 5 13 21 1 0 0 .213 .289 .254 .543
2018 Winston-Salem Dash CAR A(Adv) 115 487 447 67 131 25 9 7 78 34 90 15 8 3 .293 .345 .436 .781
2019 Birmingham Barons SOU AA 118 480 438 50 116 17 3 7 49 37 118 9 2 0 .265 .319 .365 .684

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Rutherford entered 2016 as the top-rated high school position player for the Draft, then dropped to the Yankees at No. 18 because of concerns about his signability and his age (at 19, he was old for a prepster). He slugged .570 in Rookie ball after signing for $3,282,200, a franchise record for a hitter, but managed just a .395 mark at two Class A levels the next two seasons. The White Sox acquired him in July 2017 as the headliner in a four-player package for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.

Rutherford still impresses scouts with his smooth left-handed swing, pitch-recognition skills and willingness to use the entire field. He makes repeated contact and club officials believed he could start to hit for more power in 2019 after adding strength in the offseason, though that hasn't happened. He has the size, strength and bat speed to produce 20 homers per season if he can stop hitting so many grounders and drive the ball more consistently.

Compared to the likes of Andre Ethier and David Justice, Rutherford could have at least average tools across the board when he's fully developed. After playing primarily center field in his first two pro seasons, he spent the bulk of his time in right field last year. His average arm isn't a liability but ultimately could land him in left field.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
11/20/2019 Chicago White Sox selected the contract of RF Blake Rutherford from Birmingham Barons.
08/28/2019 RF Blake Rutherford assigned to Glendale Desert Dogs.
04/03/2019 RF Blake Rutherford assigned to Birmingham Barons from Winston-Salem Dash.
01/22/2019 Chicago White Sox invited non-roster CF Blake Rutherford to spring training.
04/05/2018 RF Blake Rutherford assigned to Winston-Salem Dash from Kannapolis Intimidators.
03/08/2018 OF Blake Rutherford assigned to Chicago White Sox.
08/23/2017 Kannapolis Intimidators activated CF Blake Rutherford from the 7-day disabled list.
08/17/2017 Kannapolis Intimidators placed CF Blake Rutherford on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 14, 2017.
07/20/2017 CF Blake Rutherford assigned to Kannapolis Intimidators.
07/19/2017 Chicago White Sox traded 3B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson and RHP Tommy Kahnle to New York Yankees for Tyler Clippard, LHP Ian Clarkin, CF Blake Rutherford and CF Tito Polo.
06/16/2017 Charleston RiverDogs activated CF Blake Rutherford from the 7-day disabled list.
06/06/2017 Charleston RiverDogs placed CF Blake Rutherford on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 5, 2017. Foot contusion
04/04/2017 CF Blake Rutherford assigned to Charleston RiverDogs from Pulaski Yankees.
07/14/2016 CF Blake Rutherford assigned to Pulaski Yankees from GCL Yankees West.
07/04/2016 OF Blake Rutherford assigned to GCL Yankees West.
06/29/2016 New York Yankees signed OF Blake Rutherford.