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Consistency Is Key For Rutckyj

Rutckyj is throwing harder this year

TAMPA, FL - Evan Rutckyj is every scout's dream – a tall, young, hard-throwing lefty – poised to climb his way to the Bronx in matter of time. But after walking 24 batters in 45.1 innings in his first full year with the Gulf Coast squad, now it's time for the 20-year-old to find the consistency that will enable him to flourish this season and beyond.

One of the most noticeable changes in the 6-foot-5 Rutckyj this Spring Training is that he's undergone a physical transformation, due in part to his maturation and offseason training program. "I worked out twice a day, everyday," Rutckyj said. "I also ran a lot and worked on my mechanics. I gained a lot of weight, about 15 pounds. Now I'm up to 225." The results of putting on extra muscle...

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