June 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Buckeye Drew Rucinski was selected as a member of the North team in the 2014 Texas League All-Star Game Tuesday night in Little Rock, Ark. Rucinski did not pitch in the game after tossing 7.0 innings in a start Sunday but was one of nine Arkansas Travelers' representatives in Little Rock.
A member of the Travelers, Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Rucinski is 6-4 with a 2.40 earned-run average in 82.2 innings pitched over 15 starts this season. Rucinski's struck out 74 and limited opponents to a .226 batting average. Over his last five starts, the right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 33.2 innings pitched. On June 7, the Broken Arrow, Okla., native pitched the first nine-inning complete game in the Texas League this season, scattering five hits and striking out six while needing just 99 pitches in the 3-0 win over Northwest Arkansas.
Rucinski, who signed a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Indians in 2011, pitched for the Rockland Aviators of the independent Frontier League in 2012 and 2013 before signing a free-agent contract with the Angels last August. He earned second team All-Big Ten honors and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in earned run average as a senior in 2011. Rucinski went 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA and 53 strikeouts in a team-high 82.1 innings pitched as the Buckeyes' Friday night starter. He ranks 16th all-time at Ohio State with 22 career wins and 15th with 257.1 innings pitched.