Blake Rutherford

Born: 05/02/1997 (Age: 21)
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
Primary Position: CF
Seconday Position: OF
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd. (#18 overall), 2016 MLB-First-Year Player Draft (NYY)
Entry Point: High School
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: September 20th, 2018
Dates Seen: 6x -- April, August 2018
Level: High A
Affiliate: Winston-Salem Dash
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Has added noticeable strength and improved physique since my 2017 views. Looking tall and physical w/ lean muscle mass.
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 P 50 2nd Division Regular High
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 40 50 Fluid, athletic stroke w/ good balance. Much more contact against RHP; struggling against same-side arms in High A, takes significantly worse ABs against lefties. Hit-over-power profile; all-fields contact at best; advanced approach that knows the zone; works deep in counts.
Fluid, athletic stroke w/ good balance. Much more contact against RHP; struggling against same-side arms in High A, takes significantly worse ABs against lefties. Hit-over-power profile; all-fields contact at best; advanced approach that knows the zone; works deep in counts.
Game Power 30 45 Swing and approach are geared for line drives, minimal present how run lift in-game. Projects to add more game power as he finishes filling out and learns when to open up on a ball.
Swing and approach are geared for line drives, minimal present how run lift in-game. Projects to add more game power as he finishes filling out and learns when to open up on a ball.
Raw Power 45 50 Fringy raw power at present w/ flashes of what projects to be average raw power as he grows into his body.
Fringy raw power at present w/ flashes of what projects to be average raw power as he grows into his body.
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 40 55 Was exposed in CF this look, struggled w/ reads and routes. Below-average glove that double-projects as solid-average at either outfield corner.
Was exposed in CF this look, struggled w/ reads and routes. Below-average glove that double-projects as solid-average at either outfield corner.
Throw 50 50 Average arm that is playable at either corner spot without being a true game-changer.
Average arm that is playable at either corner spot without being a true game-changer.
Attribute Present Future
Athleticism Average Average
Approach Average Plus
Instincts Plus Plus
Baserunning Average Average
Overall Summary
Won't be a CF at the big league level, which hurts his chances of playing everyday and adds pressure to hit for power. Best-case ceiling of an everday corner OF, but if he doesn't handle lefties enough he could wind up a solid fourth outfielder.