The Yankees select outfielder Blake Rutherford from Chaminade High School. The 19-year-old left-hand hitter has some power which would play nice at Yankees Stadium.
Here’s outfielder Blake Rutherford, whom the #Yankees just picked at No. 18 overall: https://t.co/7PkXzTrEP1
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) June 10, 2016
New York took a high-ceiling type player. Rutherford is a solid defender with plus speed, however, his arm is his biggest weakness.
.@Yankees take Blake Rutherford, a California prep outfielder with a great hit tool. A home run swing in slow-mo: https://t.co/BZBgZOdE36
— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) June 10, 2016
Rutherford batted .577 with 45 hits, including 13 doubles and four home runs in 27 games this season for his prep school. Last fall, he played on the USA 18-under team and hit a decisive home run to win a game on the team’s march to a gold medal in Japan. He was also named MVP of the tournament.
There are a lot of people that are very high on Rutherford.
Rutherford can mash. Fun to watch at TOS and NHSI. Can really hit. Star of @USABaseball team.
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) June 10, 2016
Blake Rutherford has huge ceiling. One of the best pure hitters in the class. OUTSTANDING character w/ + leadership skills.
— Hudson Belinsky (@hudsonbelinsky) June 10, 2016