Evan Rutckyj

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Evan Rutckyj

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Evan Rutckyj, Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher, delivers a strike to Ben Turner, Augusta GreenJackets catcher on July 13, 2013

Evan Rutckyj has been a minor league pitcher.

Rutckyj (pronounced ROOT-ski) was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League while in high school. He also pitched for the Canadian Junior National Team in the 2009 Summer International Series, with a 6.75 ERA and six walks in four innings. Baseball America rated him as the #99 high school prospect entering the 2010 amateur draft, third among Canadians behind Kellin Deglan and Evan Grills. The New York Yankees took him in the 16th round of the 2010 amateur draft, one round before Preston Claiborne. The tall Canadian tossed one shutout inning for the GCL Yankees that summer.

In 2011, Rutckyj had a 5-3, 4.76 record for the GCL Yankees. He tied for fourth in the Gulf Coast League in wins. He opened 2012 with the Charleston RiverDogs (3-2, 4.50) but was demoted to the Staten Island Yankees when the short-season leagues began play. He was 5-6 with a 3.72 ERA for Staten Island, finishing among the New York-Penn League leaders in strikeouts (63, 8th), hits allowed (80, 4th), losses (tied for 7th) and walks (35, tied for 5th).

He spent 2013 with Charleston, going 10-9 with a 5.03 ERA. He tied for 4th in the South Atlantic League in wins, was 8th in walks (60) and was second with 22 wild pitches (one behind Connor Sadzeck). Among Yankee farmhands, he tied Chris Bootcheck for 4th in wins, tied Zach Nuding for third in walks and was second in wild pitches (5 behind Bryan Mitchell). He moved to the bullpen in 2014 and showed a strong strikeout rate (58 in 49 2/3 IP) but walked plenty (37). He pitched for Charleston (4-3, Sv, 3.86 in 22 G) and the Tampa Yankees (1-0, 3.65 in 12 G).

He opened 2015 with Tampa and was doing well in relief when he joined Team Canada for the 2015 Pan American Games. He pitched two games (two IP) with 3 strikeouts, one hit, one walk and no runs while Canada won the Gold Medal, joining Cuba as the only country to win multiple baseball Golds in the Pan American Games.

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