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Cameron Rupp

#29 | C
Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies
Cameron Rupp
Name: Cameron Arthur Rupp
Born: Sep 28, 1988 in Plano, Texas USA
High School: Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 260 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (108th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010 (signed for $287,000)
Teams covet catchers with power and arm strength, which put Rupp in position to be a possible first-round pick. But he hasn't had the numbers to put him there, batting .313/.401/.498 though conference tournament play. Scouts have admired his strength since he won the home run derby at the 2006 Aflac Classic, though they aren't sure he'll be able to tap into his power as a pro. He has an arm bar in his righthanded swing that allows pitchers to tie him up inside with good velocity, and he chases too many offspeed pitches and offerings up in the strike zone. Rupp has worked hard to improve his defense and keep his 6-foot-2, 235-pound frame under control, but scouts still worry that his size and lack of athleticism will affect his long-term ability to remain behind the plate. He has plus arm strength and has shortened what once was a long release, and while it's still not compact, he has thrown out 40 percent of basestealers this year. He has gotten better as a receiver and calls most of the pitches for college baseball's most talented pitching staff. He's similar to Ryan Garko, who was a third-round pick out of Stanford, with more power and defensive ability than Garko had.
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