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Prospect Nation 2013: #23 Catcher Cameron Rupp

Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft, catcher Cameron Rupp has steadily been an improving prospect for the Phillies. The 24-year-old has shown an ability to lead a pitching staff and work harder than most to improve his all-around baseball abilites.

Rupp, a Texas native,  made his professional debut with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters in 2010. In 55 games that year after making his pro debut, Rupp posted a .218 batting average with five home runs and 28 RBI against NY-Penn League competition.

In 2011, as a member of the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws, Rupp proved himself to be capable of serious adjustments, as the 6-foot-2-inch 230-pounder had a tough time through the first half of the South Atlantic League season, posting a .219 batting average with two home runs and 13 RBI in 48 games.  Working hard behind the scenes with Lakewood hitting coach Greg Legg, Rupp altered his approach at the plate and showed considerable improvements after the All-Star break, batting .318 with two home runs and 31 RBI in 51 games.

Rupp, whose father Kevin pitched in the Montreal organization during his playing days in the 1970’s, displayed increased power in 2012 as a member of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers. With career highs in doubles (22), home runs (10) and OPS (.770), which was 50 points higher than his mark the previous year, Rupp proved that his production with the stick can keep up with his efforts behind the dish.  For his strong output, Rupp was honored as a Florida State League All-Star last season. 

The mental side of the game is critical for many players, but it’s a clear factor for Rupp, to anyone that watches him play regularly.  Confidence is something Rupp relies on a great deal, as he snowballs his success, whenever the 6-foot-2 230-pounder gets hot.

Praised for his work ethic on defense, his strong throwing arm, his solid footwork and especially his ability to lead, Rupp has shown evidence of becoming a complete package on that side of the game.

The University of Texas product, Rupp, faces a chance of beginning the 2013 season with Clearwater once aagain, but that is simply because the organization is currently loaded with catching depth in the minors. With two of last season’s Double-A Eastern League All-Stars, Mexico native Sebastian Valle, and former Giants 2nd round draft pick Tommy Joseph in the mix at the upper levels, Rupp could be held down until he or one of the others is traded.

The other two backstop prospects are both younger than Rupp (Valle by 22 months, Joseph by 34 months).  The longer Rupp takes to reach the upper levels of the minor leagues, the more hindered his progress may become.



  1. Bart Shart

    January 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

    As always, Jay Floyd delivers another informative, insightful and interesting article about a Phillies prospect who his clawing his way up the minor-leagues. It is good to see Rupp develop some added power and hopefully this will continue. The Phillies catching staff is getting old. Nice to see we have some talent in the offing for this vital position.

  2. Ian Riccaboni

    January 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Nice piece, Jay. I just really can’t help but think Rupp’s road got even more difficult with the Phillies not only adding Joseph but also one of Jordan’s favorite players from Baltimore, Justin Dalles, as a free agent this year. Dalles has the potential to start at Reading or be the back up there depending how the Valle/Joseph situation plays out, even if one gets traded.

  3. Jay Floyd

    January 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Yeah, I’d say Dalles will likely be backup depth along with Stumpo for Clearwater/Reading.

    Starters, if no one moves…Lehigh Valley- Valle, Reading- Joseph, Clearwater- Rupp, Lakewood- Lino.

  4. Jay Floyd

    January 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Also, thanks for the compliments.

    Logan Moore is another catcher that could face being held back at the Class A level if no one else moves.

    Phils really kind of have to trade someone at the upper levels or else their other prospects may suffer.

  5. Dave P

    January 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    So many catchers, so little space – valle, joseph, rupp, lino, lerud, ruiz, kratz, moore, quintero…

  6. bacardipr

    January 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Lerud probably be one of the first ones to go. Im sure he is a great guy but his numbers indicate he probably wont be a good hitter and i think he is 27yo already. Im sure he was just depth until some of the younger guys gained more experience if a call up was needed. Im also guessing Joseph, Valle or one of the guys will get a call up sometime this year.

    • schmenkman

      January 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      As a professional athlete, the LAST thing you want to see written about you is that you’re a great guy. 😉

  7. bacardipr

    January 22, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Spot on Schmenkman i debated should i actually write that.. (:

  8. Ryne Duren

    January 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

    nice piece jay. the only down to this whole rupp article is the fact that he’s 24 and still in the low minors with so many ahead of him that already have promise. so i’m not getting my hopes up of ever seeing him in philly. the only reason ruff is gonna be given the chance is because of the ruthian number like season he had last year at AA, a short stint in the show and a good winter ball showing. otherwise he’d still be mired in the minors and i’m afraid that the chances of rupp putting those type of numbers up are slim. don’t get me wrong i hope this guy blasts his way up the ladder. i hope the phils would fast track him up a notch if he breaks out early. if he’s the whole package then do it as long as he produces.

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