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White Sox's Blake Rutherford: Loses 40-man roster spot

Rutherford was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Tuesday, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports. Rutherford was a first-round pick in 2016 and looked good in the lower minors, but he's stalled out since reaching Double-A in 2019. He posted a 98 wRC+ at that level and followed it up with an 80 wRC+ in Triple-A last season. He's still just 24 years old, but his lack of success in the upper minors may dissuade teams from using a 40-man roster spot on him. The move clears space for the White Sox to add Adam Haseley, who was acquired in a trade with the Phillies.
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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 14: Blake Rutherford

SSS rank among all right fielders in the system: 3. Baseball America noted that some scouts saw Blake Rutherford as a possible “power-hitting center fielder in the Jim Edmonds mold” prior to the 2016 MLB draft. At this point, the White Sox might be happy with Rutherford as a right fielder in the Jim Eisenreich mode.
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