Josh Rupe
Josh Rupe
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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$Released by the Orioles in August of 2011.
PBaltimore Orioles  
May 12, 2011
Rupe accepted an assignment to Triple-A on Thursday, MASN Sports reports.
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Since he was dropped from the 40-man roster, it will be difficult for Rupe to find the road back to Baltimore. Meanwhile, Brian Matusz is getting ready to return soon and that fills another spot on the pitching staff.
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Rupe spent the full year in the Texas bullpen, which should qualify him for a hazard pay bonus. He failed to distinguish himself from a typical long-reliever, and there's little reason to think he'll ever progress beyond that.
Rupe was limited to just seven starts before another round of elbow problems cut short his season. He's had control issues in the past when healthy, and there's little reason to think he'll be improved following another lost season.
Rupe was considered a favorite to break camp in the Texas rotation before an elbow injury sidelined him until late June and kept him in the minors for a month thereafter. His poor control will prevent him from being anything more than a stopgap measure at the back of the rotation at best, however.
Rupe posted pretty pedestrian numbers in the minors before a September call-up. His 62/38 K/BB ratio at Triple-A isn't good enough for sustained success in the majors, and it's been a problem in the past as well.
Rupe progressed as high as Double-A Frisco in 2004, which is worthy enough for a just-turned 22-year-old. His 16/16 K/BB ratio in 37 IP at Double-A will need to improve drastically before he gets to advance. He figures to start the year in Frisco. Given his youth, he has time to improve.
Rupe, the 2002 third round pick of the White Sox acquired for Carl Everett, has quality stuff in a low-to-mid 90s fastball with movement and great sink, and a nasty slider. His other two pitches, a decent curve and changeup, have yet to reach the same level, so he doesn’t project as an ace. As a college pitcher, he has little time to further those two pitches, but he’s still seen as middle-starter with a live enough arm to hope for better.
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PBaltimore Orioles  
May 10, 2011
The Orioles have designated Rupe for assignment, the Baltimore Sun reports.
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PBaltimore Orioles  
May 5, 2011
Rupe relieved Chris Tillman in the fourth inning Thursday and held the Royals scoreless over 3.2 innings with two strikeouts.
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PBaltimore Orioles  
April 15, 2011
Rupe allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while retiring just one batter in Friday's loss to the Indians.
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PBaltimore Orioles  
March 30, 2011
The Orioles purchased Rupe's contract Wednesday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
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PBaltimore Orioles  
March 21, 2011
Rupe is in the running for a spot at the back end of Baltimore's rotation, according to the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly.
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