The athletic program at Hoboken’s Stevens Institute of Technology has a reason to celebrate this week as its very own Charlie Ruegger has been drafted by the New York Yankees. The stand-out, right-handed pitcher was drafted in Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft last Wednesday. Read on for all the deets:
“To be drafted is a great honor that I really have no words for,” the Stevens junior said in a statement.
Ruegger is the second player in Stevens Tech Institute program history to be selected in the First Year Player Draft. The first was Dave Garcia, who was picked by the Minnesota Twins back in 1973.
Ruegger, who stands at 6 feet 6 inches and weighs 218 pounds, was the 997th pick by the Yankees.
“I would like to thank my family for always supporting me with everything,” Ruegger said. “I also want to thank my teammates and coaches who have pushed me to be the very best player I can be,” he added.
Ruegger’s head coach at Stevens, coach Kristaps Aldins, also expressed his excitement for the former Duck. “I am very happy for Charlie,” Aldins said. “He’s a great person and has worked really hard throughout his time at Stevens both on and off the field”.
Aldins added, “I know that his best is yet to come.” — we’re loving the Frank Sinatra reference, whether it was intentional or not, this is the birth place of Frank AND baseball, after all 😉
Speaking of Ruegger’s best, at least in his game thus far, the pitcher has accomplished quite a lot. His first-ever season as a full-time starter, Ruegger pitched one of the best seasons in Stevens history, with 97 strike-outs and an earned run average of 2.58.
But that’s not all. Throughout his three seasons pitching, Rueggers has accrued a record of 142 strikeouts total in 133 innings. He has 11 wins against against only three losses and finished 14th in the country with eight saves, according to Stevens Athletics. He has been named the Empire 8 Conference Pitcher of the Year, pitched 80 1-3 games, and has been recognized as a Division III National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
“I am extremely grateful that the New York Yankees organization saw my ability and potential,” he continued. “The whole process has been very exciting and I am beyond thankful that it ended with this outcome”.
Rueggers, a Morris Plains native, will be the only New Jersey representative on the team this year, as Todd Frazier from Toms River, has since moved to the Mets. Currently, there are no other Jersey-born players on the Yankees 40-man roster.
“I’m excited to see where this journey will take me, but I will always be a Duck!” Ruegger said.
Make Hoboken proud, Charlie! Wishing all our best!