New York Yankees
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1997-05-02) May 2, 1997 (age 19)
Simi Valley, California
Blake Rutherford (born May 2, 1997) is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the New York Yankees organization. He played high school baseball at the Chaminade College Preparatory School.
Rutherford attended the Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, California. As a freshman, Rutherford committed to play college baseball at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a junior, he hit .435 with four home runs. In August 2015, he played in the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field.
Rutherford was considered one of the top prospects for the 2016 MLB Draft. He was drafted by the New York Yankees with the 18th overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft, and signed a contract with the team on June 29, 2016, with a signing bonus of $3,282,000  Rutherford began his professional career with the Gulf Coast Yankees of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and was promoted to the Pulaski Yankees of the Rookie-level Appalachian League after a few weeks. He finished his first professional season batting .351.
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