Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
35 1053 Texas Rangers John Ruettiger OF Ill.
Outfielder John Ruettiger is the nephew of Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger, the famed walk-on of Notre Dame and movie fame. John quarterbacked Joliet Catholic to the state 6-A football title last fall, but his future is in baseball. A 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, he uses a slash-and-dash approach at the plate to take advantage of his plus speed. He also covers a lot of ground and has a strong arm in center field. Also a lefthanded pitcher, he threw a complete game to beat Braden Kapteyn in the state 3-A sectional final. The consensus among scouts is that until he gets stronger, he projects as more of a good college player than as a true pro prospect, making it more likely that he'll attend Arizona State.