January 1, 2008
Age: 18 Height: 6'1" Weight: 185 Bats: Right Throws: Right
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If there is one player from the 2007 draft that fits the role of sleeper it may be Kevin Rucker. The Indians 47th round draft pick and a player not listed among the top 120 players in the state of California by Baseball America, he signed much earlier than expected as he wanted to play baseball. He is the classic toolsy outfielder with good power to pull side (maybe 15+ HR potential), average speed that allows him to steal a base and is a solid fielder with a strong, accurate arm. He has strong quick hands, and when he makes contact the ball jumps off his bat. He is a very raw prospect and will require patience with his advancement likely being only one level a year, and this could not have been more evident as he only got 32 at bats in his first season in rookie ball. Most of the season was spent preparing him for the advanced level that pro ball offers. He most likely will start the year in extended spring training and return to the rookie level league (GCL).