Blake Rutherford Prospect Profile

Blake Rutherford has steadily ascended to be one of the top high school draft prospects in the Nation. At 6'2" 190 pounds, this left-hander for Chaminade High School in West Hills, California starred on the US 18U National Team that won the gold medal at the World Cup in Japan in 2015.

Blake Rutherford Scouting Report

Position: OF Age: 18 DOB: 5/2/1997 Bats: L Throws: R Height: 6' 2" Weight: 190 lb.

During his junior season he was walked an amazing 25 times but still managed to make the most of his opportunities as he finished the year 27H/62AB for a .435 average with 14 runs batted in, 20 runs scored, two triples and four home runs on his way to being named by multiple publications as Underclass First Team All American. Rutherford has played centerfield in high school and his speed, arm strength and instincts should keep him there for the time being. Showing off his powerful bat at Area Code Games and Perfect Game events he was named the MVP at the 2014 Perfect Game MLK Championship. Before his junior season of high school he also won a gold medal with the USA 18U National Team at the Pan American Championships in Mexico.He opted to stop playing football after his sophomore year and focus specifically on baseball.  It was likely a smart decision to not risk his baseball future.  Even though football runs in his blood lines (His father Roy played football at Eastern Michigan) Rutherford told Baseball America "Football was more of a thing that I just liked to play for fun, and I was told I was somewhat good at it, but baseball is just something I love to do and love to work at, and ultimately what I want to be is a baseball player."

When it comes to sports writers not only in California but in the nation Eric Sondheimer from the Los Angeles Times gave Rutherford glowing remarks on the is final day of 2015,  he gave some fun predictions for 2016 including "Outfielder Blake Rutherford of West Hills Chaminade will challenge country singer Blake Shelton for most popular person named Blake when he's a top-10 selection in baseball's June amateur draft." Just like Mickey Moniak if he doesn't sign after being drafted he will be headed to UCLA as he signed a letter of intent with the Bruins back in November after originally committing before his sophomore season of high school. Bruins head coach John Savage commented in a press release after signing day that “Blake has established himself as the premier outfielder in the country in this class." "He has all the tools you would want in a player.

Blake Rutherford may just be a top 5 pick in this years #mlbdraft

Between his physical abilities, work ethic and instincts, Rutherford might just become the first high school player selected in the 2016 draft. We are looking forward to watching him this spring. Along with Mickey Moniak and Kevin Gowdy, they represented UCLA very well on the USA team this past summer. Blake is expected to be an early first-round selection in this years MLB Draft.

photos courtesy of the studentsports.com

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