Blake Rutherford
Blake Rutherford
Blake Rutherford
Blake Rutherford
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Yankees did well to unload Rutherford in a mid-July trade with the White Sox while he still had trade value. He would look like a borderline non-prospect if we didn't know about his exploits as a high-school hitter. As one of the oldest prep hitters in the 2016 draft cl... read more
The Yankees did well to unload Rutherford in a mid-July trade with the White Sox while he still had trade value. He would look like a borderline non-prospect if we didn't know about his exploits as a high-school hitter. As one of the oldest prep hitters in the 2016 draft class, there were reasons to be cautious about assuming his success as an amateur would translate. That's why he fell to the Yankees with the 18th overall pick. He turns 21 in May and has five home runs in 134 pro games. That wouldn't be a huge deal if he were a plus runner who projected to stick in center field, but speed may no longer be a part of his game when he reaches the majors, and his glove fits best in left field, so he needs to do damage at the plate. He could always turn things around, but at this point there are dozens of outfield prospects in the lower levels who have similar upside/downside and are unowned in most dynasty leagues.
LEAGUE: A+    BATS: L    Throws: R    HT: 6'3"    WT: 195 lbs.    DOB: 5/2/1997    Drafted: 1st Rd in 2016Show Contract
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Blake Rutherford Contract Info:
Signed a contract with the Yankees in June of 2016 that includes a $3.28 million signing bonus. Traded to the White Sox in July of 2017.
Has hit streak snapped
OFChicago White Sox  A+
July 30, 2018
Rutherford went 0-for-3 on Sunday for High-A Winston-Salem, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. The 21-year-old was banged up earlier this month, but has shown no signs of wear.
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2018 Stat Review for Blake Rutherford
0.38 BB/K
WEAK
6.7 % BB Rate
WEAK
17.8 % K Rate
GOOD
0.802 OPS
GOOD
0.353 OBP
GOOD
0.303 AVG
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0.359 BABIP
HIGH
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  1. Blake Rutherford 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Blake Rutherford 2017 Preseason Outlook
    The No. 18 overall selection in the 2016 draft, Rutherford did not disappoint in 33 games in rookie ball. The 19-year-old slashed .351/.415/.570 with three home runs and 12 RBI. Rutherford's left-handed stroke should be perfect for the short porch in Yankee Stadium, though he is at least three years away from making an impact in the big leagues. As with most hitters coming straight from high school, Rutherford will need to adjust to the strike zone in the minors. He fanned 30 times in those 33 contests, though he walked 13 times as well, and was praised for his eye at the dish when he was drafted. The sweet-swinging lefty has superb bat speed along with the ability to spray the ball to all fields. Rutherford will likely start the 2017 season at Low-A Charleston and remains a high-upside outfield prospect in a Yankees system suddenly flush with talent. After Mickey Moniak, Rutherford is the No. 2 prep hitting prospect from last year's draft, and is a top-50 overall prospect for dynasty leagues because of his five-category potential.
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Has hit streak snapped
OFChicago White Sox  A+
July 30, 2018
Rutherford went 0-for-3 on Sunday for High-A Winston-Salem, snapping a 12-game hitting streak. The 21-year-old was banged up earlier this month, but has shown no signs of wear.
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Deemed day-to-day after early exit
OFChicago White Sox  A+
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July 5, 2018
The White Sox are labeling Rutherford as day-to-day after the outfielder was banged up while attempting to make a catch at the wall in a game for High-A Winston-Salem on Wednesday, Rob Terranova of MiLB.com reports.
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Knocks in four Thursday
OFChicago White Sox  A+
April 20, 2018
Rutherford went 4-for-5 with four RBI for High-A Winston-Salem on Thursday.
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Low power output not a worry
OFChicago White Sox  A+
January 30, 2018
Rutherford has five home runs and slugged .398 over 134 career minor-league games, but the White Sox remain confident in his ability, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. "Over time he's going to figure out, 'OK, what pitches can I drive here?' Maybe figure out pitches he can drive to the pull side. Things like that. He's showing signs of it and we are getting a little bit closer, but Blake has been, I couldn't be more excited to have him in our system," said White Sox director of player development Chris Getz.
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Will report to Low-A club
OFChicago White Sox  A+
July 19, 2017
Rutherford, who was acquired in a trade Tuesday, was assigned to Low-A Kannapolis on Wednesday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
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