Orioles Prospect Profile #20: John Ruettiger

After being selected in the eighth round of the 2011 draft, how fast will he move up the ladder?

John Ruettiger

Position: CF/LF

Height: 6'1”

Weight: 195 lb.

Born: 9/21/89

Bats: Left

Throws: Left


The Orioles eighth round selection in 2011, Ruettiger comes from a big-time college program, Arizona State, and is capable of becoming a big league player.

The Illinois native was the most consistent Sun Devils hitter in 2011 as a junior. He appeared in all 60 games in the outfield and was named first team All-Pac-10 and Second Team ABCA All-West Region. Ruettiger batted .327 with 37 RBI and swiped 23 bases.

In a 22-game cameo with two different levels in 2011, Ruettiger hit .300 with three RBI and recorded seven doubles. He showed that the Gulf-Coast League was too easy for his skill set with a .462/.500/.538 line in only three games before the call to low-A Delmarva.

Scouting Report

Ruettiger showcases above average defensive skills with plus speed in centerfield. In his short stint professionally last season he didn't commit an error. Not the strongest arm, Ruettiger does have an accurate arm to the plate. At highest peak he could be a gold glove outfielder.

The 22-year-old will have to prove that he can handle the bat in order to be an everyday player. His .300 average in 2011 states that he has the potential to hit at the higher levels and be an everyday player.

Don't expect Ruettiger to hit many homers as he only clubbed five of them in college. He is a tough out and when reaches base can utilize his speed as a weapon. Ruettiger is a line-drive hitter and is a player that will get his helmet and uniform dirty on the base paths. He is not a speed demon between the lines, but is effective enough to swipe bases and create opportunities for hitters to drive him in from second base.

The former Rawlings All-American could project as a leadoff hitter at the major league level if he can continue on the upward path he is currently on. With a good year in 2012, expect Ruettiger to increase his stock and his spot on the top 20 list.














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Health Record:

Ruettiger did not have any significant injuries during his amateur career and to this point his injury history is clean.


The Orioles have Trent Mummey, a fourth round draft pick in 2010, who is similar. Both are good hitters in the leadoff role. It never hurts to have a couple players of the same stature if they can continue to develop into big league talents. Ruettiger has the advantage if he can stay healthy due to Mummey's concussions and hamstring issues from last season.

The likelihood is Ruettiger starting in low-A Delmarva. There is no rush as the Orioles want to make sure he develops into the leadoff hitter he projects to be at the big league level. Baltimore is in need of a true leadoff hitter and they want to give him every opportunity to succeed.

Regardless of where he starts the 2012 season, Ruettiger will not likely see Baltimore until 2013 at the earliest. If pushed too quickly, it could stall his progression and he never would be more than a .220-.240 hitter. He is not a power hitter, so the average and on-base skill is vital to his everyday presence on a major league field.

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