Blake Rutherford

Born: 05/02/1997 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
Primary Position: OF
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd. (#18 overall), 2016 MLB-First-Year Player Draft (NYY); Traded to CWS 7/19/2017
Entry Point: High School
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: May 7th, 2019
Dates Seen: 7x -- 2018/2019
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Birmingham Barons
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Has filled out considerably the last two years. Large, physical frame w/ prototype corner OF look.
Swing Mechanics
Narrow base, slightly open and stands upright; high handset; quiet load and front-side trigger to close off.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2021 20 45 Role Player High
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 40 50 Fluid, athletic stroke w/ good balance; oriented to spray line drives when he's going good, but really struggling in his first taste of Double-A. Consistently worse ABs against LHPs, signs he will always carry some platoon splits. Has the tools to develop into an avg hitter as he adjusts to upper-level competition.
Fluid, athletic stroke w/ good balance; oriented to spray line drives when he's going good, but really struggling in his first taste of Double-A. Consistently worse ABs against LHPs, signs he will always carry some platoon splits. Has the tools to develop into an avg hitter as he adjusts to upper-level competition.
Game Power 40 45 Projects as a 12-15 HR type over a full season at maturity.
Projects as a 12-15 HR type over a full season at maturity.
Raw Power 45 50 Fringy raw power that could get to average as he learns to work under the ball, but swing and game approach aren't geared to unlock power.
Fringy raw power that could get to average as he learns to work under the ball, but swing and game approach aren't geared to unlock power.
Run 50 50 Average runner up the line, takes a few steps to get going. Tick above average once underway. Instincts to steal bases w/ straight-line speed that's more average than true plus.
Average runner up the line, takes a few steps to get going. Tick above average once underway. Instincts to steal bases w/ straight-line speed that's more average than true plus.
Field 50 50 Below-avg defensive CF who has moved full-time to a corner. Solid defender in LF/RF, though unlikely to be able to slide over to CF in a pinch as body keeps thickening.
Below-avg defensive CF who has moved full-time to a corner. Solid defender in LF/RF, though unlikely to be able to slide over to CF in a pinch as body keeps thickening.
Throw 50 50 Average arm that plays at either corner spot.
Average arm that plays at either corner spot.
Attribute Present Future
Athleticism Average Average
Approach Average Average
Instincts Average Average
Baserunning Average Average
Overall Summary
If the hit tool really carries the profile, will be a low-end regular on a corner. More likely a solid fourth OF/role player that has a well-rounded toolset to hang around the big leagues a long time.