Chicago White Sox: 3 prospects off to a blazing start
Blake Rutherford is off to a very good start in the Chicago White Sox Minor Leagues.
Blake Rutherford is one of the more underrated prospects in the White Sox farm system. He was acquired in a trade package for Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle, and David Roberston. When he entered the organization he was rated as the number-99 prospect in baseball. Baseball America has him listed as the number-12 prospect in the organization currently.
In 16 games with Charlotte, he has been raking. Rutherford is batting .308 with 20 hits, five doubles, one triple, one home run, nine RBIs, and a pair of stolen bases. Last week he hit .348 with four runs scored. Between May 9th-May 20th, Rutherford registered a nine-game hit streak. During that stretch, he had 13 hits. He also has five multi-hit games on the year thus far.
Rutherford has always been a good hitter. His best season to date was in 2018 when he slashed a respectable .293/.345/.436 with 25 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs, and 78 RBIs for the Winston-Salem Dash.
In 2019 he crushed right-handed pitching hitting .286 with six homers and 40 RBIs against right-handed pitchers. He reached base safely in each of his last 15 games of the 2019 season for the Birmingham Barons. With all of the White Sox injury issues in the outfield, Rutherford is showing he is a viable option to get called up.