The Farm Boy Files: Chris Rusin

Are y’all ready for a little MiLB rundown?

I’ve been wanting to do a Farmboy Files feature on Chris Rusin since the first time I heard of him. As there is a distinct possibility we’ll see him in a Cubs uniform before long, it seemed that I had better get on it.

So! Let’s get to know a wee bit about another Cubs farmhand. Here we go.

Full Name: Christopher Patrick Rusin
Born: 10/22/1986 in Detroit, Michigan
Pos.: LHP
Height/Weight: 6’2″, 195
B/T: L/L

Brief Scouting Report: Don’t look for overpowering stuff or flashy performances from Chris Rusin. Dominance isn’t his game. He relies on deception and craftiness to overcome opponents (on a side note, baseball might be the only area of life in which deception and craftiness are attractive qualities). Control and changing speeds are the name of his game. These facts are what piqued my interest in Mr. Rusin. Sneaky lefties with habits of picking hitters apart one pitch at a time tend to make for awesome baseball, if you ask me.
Chris’s repertoire includes a low-90’s fastball, a good change-up, a cutter and a curve.

Delivery: Looks like this (thanks to Chicago Cubs Online for the footage):

Stats: Chris, who has been in Iowa for the past season and a half, had a fantastic start to 2012. In his first two games, he hurled 14 innings and only allowed 1 ER while recording 12 strikeouts and an Opp. Av. comfortably under .200. His efforts were enough to earn him PCL Pitcher of the Week honors in early May.
Since then, things have been up and down for Mr. Rusin. He’s had several more decent starts, a few rough ones, and one or two that were really terrible.
He has made 16 appearances (all starts) for a total of 88.0 IP and currently owns a 6-6 record and a 5.01 ERA.  He has struck out 50 while he’s walked 31. His opponents are batting .277.
It may be of lesser importance, but Chris has also recorded 4 hits himself, and driven in 2 runs. His batting average is higher than his weight (not by much, but it is). Not half bad, for a pitcher.

Links: I discovered two recent video interviews with young Mr. Rusin. This one is from Comcast Sportsnet, and this one from the Des Moines Register. Have a looksie.







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