Thursday, March 2, 2017

Guess Who, part four

Guess Who No. 4
The first two "can you name me" faces were prominent prospects. Drew Rucinski is not.

Rucinski was undrafted out of college in 2011. Cleveland signed him, gave him time at three levels in 2011 and released him. He spent 2012 in independent ball and got picked up by the Angels, and got to the majors in 2014 and '15 for 14 innings. He spent 2015 in Triple A for the Cubs, who never saw a need to call him up, and the Twins signed him as a minor league free agent.

Rucinski has been pretty strictly a starter in the minors. Presumably he's rotation depth at Rochester. But the Twins have dipped pretty heavily, and with some success, into the ranks of former independent league players and minor-league free agents -- think Brandon Kintzler last season -- so it's possible this won't be the only time you see his face.

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