Aug. 12, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Buckeye Drew Rucinski has signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the organization announced last week. Rucinski made his 2013 debut with the Inland Empire 66ers Friday, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out six in 6.0 innings pitched in a tough-luck 2-0 loss against Visalia.
Rucinski, who was a free-agent signing by the Cleveland Indians in 2011, went 4-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 22 games out of the bullpen between rookie ball, short-season and A-ball before pitching 2012 and 2013 with the Rockford Aviators of the independent Frontier League. With Rockford in 2013, Rucinski went 4-6 with a 2.88 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched in 15 starts.
The Broken Arrow, Okla., native 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. Rucinski also pitched his best against rival Michigan going 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20.1 innings in his career against the Wolverines.