The 3rd Man In

Jackson Rutledge is a high-end draft prospect

Jackson Rutledge

Jackson Rutledge, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher, overpowered opposing hitters at the junior college level this spring. He’s emerged as the top junior college MLB draft prospect since Bryce Harper in 2010 and one of the best pitching prospects in at least two decades.

When this year’s draft begins June 3, Rutledge could become the highest drafted junior college pitcher this century. Phil Bickford owns that distinction after the San Francisco Giants selected him 18th overall in 2015.

“It would be awesome. I am kind of representing all the JUCO guys right now and representing how hard they work,” Rutledge said. “I think the JUCO route doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. I get to promote that a little more now.”

After an uneven freshman season at Arkansas, Rutledge transferred to San Jacinto Junior College in Texas for his sophomore season. He entered the spring as a potential first-round pick. But after an impressive season, Rutledge has solidified himself as a first-round selection and even potential a top-10 pick.

Continue reading about Jackson Rutledge at BaseballProspectJournal.com here.

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