Ruder Tops MINK League’s Best

Summer College League Top Prospects

Jacob Ruder
Jacob Ruder struck out 27 batters and walked just eight

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Postseason Recap: The Sedalia Bombers, the MINK League's winningest team throughout the regular season, rolled to the title, outlasting the Ozark Generals during the best-of-three championship series. Sedalia put together an impressive 29-13 record during the regular season and put up gaudy offensive numbers during the playoffs. In Game One of the championship series, Sedalia put up 10 runs on 11 hits in a shutout of Ozark. Bombers starter Evan Dodd (Arkansas-Fort Smith) allowed just one hit over six innings and the Sedalia bullpen finished the game's final three innings without allowing another hit. The Generals captured Game Two of the series, scoring 10 runs of its own in a 10-4 victory over Sedalia. But in the decisive Game Three, Sedalia rode a 16-hit effort, including three from both Robert Cummins (Midland (Neb.)) and Ryan Mantle (Missouri State), to an 8-1 series-clinching win.

1. Jacob Ruder, rhp, Branson (So., Kansas State/Cowley County (Kan.) CC)

Ruder looks the part at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds. Over 21 innings for Branson this summer, Ruder fashioned only a 4.71 ERA but struck out an impressive 27 hitters compared to just eight walks. Described by MINK League coaches as one of the more polished pitchers in the league, Ruder has developed a comfort level with his large frame. Ruder sits 88-92 mph with his fastball and has shown vast improvements with his breaking ball, according to a scout familiar with the league, since graduating high school, when he was a 37th-round selection by the Royals. Ruder has transferred to Cowley County (Kan.) CC.

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