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Birth Date5-2-1997
Height6' 3"
Weight195 lbs
Age21 years, 9 months, 19 days
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Statistics for All Levels

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2016 PUL Rk 25 100 .255 .321 .370 .500 96 12.2 3.0 -0.5 178 0 -1.8 0.0 3.5 0.4
2016 YAT Rk 8 30 .225 .301 .297 .263 94 2 0.9 -0.1 108 0 -1.1 0.0 -0.8 -0.1
2017 CSC A 71 304 .253 .316 .368 .341 95 6.3 8.5 -1.1 99 0 -7.0 -2.6 -5.3 -0.8
2017 KAN A 30 136 .243 .303 .360 .257 102 -7.8 3.8 -0.7 98 0 -1.6 -0.1 -2.4 -0.1
2018 WNS A+ 115 487 .250 .327 .369 .351 104 8.2 13.8 -4.5 120 0 -6.6 1.1 0.2 0.4

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2016 YAT Rk 30 25 3 6 1 0 1 10 3 4 6 0 0 .240 .333 .400 .160 1 0
2016 PUL Rk 100 89 13 34 7 4 2 55 9 9 24 0 2 .382 .440 .618 .236 1 0
2017 CSC A 304 274 41 77 20 2 2 107 30 25 55 9 4 .281 .342 .391 .109 3 0
2017 KAN A 136 122 11 26 5 0 0 31 5 13 21 1 0 .213 .289 .254 .041 0 1
2018 WNS A+ 487 447 67 131 25 9 7 195 78 34 90 15 8 .293 .345 .436 .143 3 0

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Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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2018-09-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Pick a prospect: Blake Rutherford or Carlos Rincon?
(Carl from Baltimore)
Rincon (Mike Gianella)
2018-09-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Cease and Basabe made "the leap" as prospects this year. Any others, in terms of guys a bit further from the majors, who showed notable progress to you?
(Jake from From State Farm)
Aside from the lotto ticket guys I listed above--and without quibbling about the definition of The Leap on those two you named--Micker Adolfo also had a really successful year, even with the injury. Jimmy Lambert took a big step forward, in my opinion. Amado Nunez finally had some good performance to go with his tools in rookie ball. Joel Booker, Luis Gonzalez, and Ti'Quan Forbes all took leaps in their own ways, and I'd think Blake Rutherford had a bounceback season too.

Generally speaking, it was an injury-riddled year for the Top 10, but a lot of the depth guys in the system emerged or progressed, such that you wind up with the Endless Uber Reliever Pipeline, for example, that I discussed above. (Nick Schaefer)
2018-05-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Blake Rutherford gotten himself back into top prospect consideration? He has been great so far this season.
(Frank from PA)
I mean we had him in the 101 so I don't know that he ever left. He's a talented dude. (Nicolas Stellini)
2017-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)My farm consists of Gleyber Torres, Vlad Guerrero Jr, Franklin Barreto, Austin Meadows, Scott Kingery, Mickey Moniak, Blake Rutherford, Michael Kopech, Mitch Keller and Tyler Mahle. Plus recently graduated Amed Rosario, Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier. Is there any positions or areas I should focus on as I work to be competitive in 2019?
(Trip from SC)
Trip. Dude. You're kidding me, right? That is a ridiculous farm system, and seems pretty well-timed for your 2019 target date. I mean, really.

Just to be sure, I checked with Scooter Hotz of our prospects team. His take: "I agree with your assessment. I would also add that with prospects, donít worry about positional need. Focus on getting the best prospects regardless of position. If you end up with a surplus of players at a position in the majors, use the trade market to re-organize your roster positionally. That will give you more value than prioritizing positional need over getting the best player available."

(I will note that Scooter and I are in a fantasy league together. I've spent the entire year with a surplus of OFs and a lack of RPs, and he had a surplus of RPs and a lack of OFs, and we never got it together to make a trade. So do as we say, not as we do) (Rob Mains)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Next Year's Ronald Acuna?
(Mike from ATL)
Blake Rutherford about right for where Acuna was coming into the season? (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)Being offered Blake Rutherford for Rhys Hoskins. Crazy not to accept, right? Then why do I feel a little unsure, given that all Hoskins has done is hit the last two years? Essentially - who's gonna be the best bat? 17-team dynasty league, 340+ minor leaguers rostered. Thanks!
(Ted from Wilmington)
I'd take Rutherford pretty quick (Craig Goldstein)
2017-03-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mark. Which prospects are you higher on than your colleagues & why? Vice versa which ones are you lower on & why?
(David from Atlantis)
I don't know that I have any outlandish rankings, but I like Blake Rutherford higher than his position on the top 101. Same for Zack Collins. Austin Meadows is consensus top 10 in most places, but I might have him in the top 3.

As far as lower, I'm just not sure I get it with Manuel Margot. In fantasy, at least. (Mark Barry)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Blake Rutherford the next Cody Bellinger? (bat wise)
(Tim from Dover)
I don't know. A little early to look for the next CB. But yeah, I like Rutherford's stick. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Blake Rutherford turn out to be the best player in his draft class?
(Gary from Bronx, NY)
No. I'd rather have Moniak and I'd rather have Senzel. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Disregarding signability and slot issues, how many guys would you have taken before Blake Rutherford in his draft?
(Larry from Clifton )
I... did like the official Yankees Twitter account promote this chat or something?

At least two. Maybe as many as four or five. Not as many as the number of guys picked in front of him! (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Blake Rutherford is starting in the Yankee outfield by _____ of 20____
(Derek from Hartford)
I officially have prospect fatigue, on a 2016 draftee. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank these guys in dyntasy format (5x5): Ronald Acuna, Isan Diaz, Blake Rutherford, Juan Soto, Kevin Maitan. TIA
(TrickDaddy14 from Hotlanta )
I think that might be my order? Flip Soto and Rutherford maybe? Maitan's a dude that could absolutely blow up this year with normal progression, but he's soooo far away. Soto's in a similar boat, though ahead of Maitan right now.

Let us quash some ghosts, yah? (Wilson Karaman)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Mets are really pissed that Blake Rutherford was taken right before they intended to take him? Or has Dunn's success softened threat blow?
(Dez from Nyc)
The industry rumor since a few days before the draft has been that the Mets were planning to take Rutherford. He's a better prospect right now, but not so much so that I think they're pissed. Wish I had better internal insight, but it isn't something I've really heard about since, well, right around draft time.

Also worth remembering that it's not a straight one-for-one here: Rutherford's price tag in relation to Dunn's costs them at least Colin Holderman and Matt Cleveland, and probably Cameron Planck too (although Kay's bonus slash makes that a hazier call). Those are some high upside arms. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy wise, I'm more bullish on Blake Rutherford than I am Clint Frazier. Can you touch on these two please?
(TrickDaddy14 from ytown)
I've long been the low man on Frazier; he cut me inline at Starbucks once and I never forgot it. No, not really. I just think he's gonna end up in left, and if he's in left, the bat has to max out. A nice prospect, but not an elite one for me. He did make some nice adjustments this year, though. On the other side, I've probably been higher than Rutherford than most; I thought he was a better prospect than Mickey Moniak for most of the year. There are three above-average tools and the hit might be plus, and I think he's going to be a solid right fielder. Frazier is the better fantasy prospect right now obviously because of proximity, but in terms of upside, I prefer Rutherford. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you have rather the Mets got the chance to draft and spend big on Blake Rutherford or what they ended up with?
(bwe206 from Brooklyn)
I guess the math here is Rutherford or Dunn/Planck? I generally err on getting the best talent at the top that you can, so I'd lean Rutherford. (Jeffrey Paternostro)

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