PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Harry Rutkowski and Davis Schneider, who both signed a National Letter Intent to play for Rutgers baseball last fall, were each selected in the 28th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. Rutkowski was taken as the 827th pick by the Cincinnati Reds, while Schneider went to the Toronto Blue Jays at No. 849. The two have until July 15 to decide whether to sign a professional contract or attend college.
“I am happy for both Harry, Davis and their families” head coach Joe Litterio said. “This is well-deserved.”
Pitching for Woodbridge High School as a senior in 2017, Rutkowski worked to a 9-1 record on the mound with a 0.59 ERA to earn Greater Middlesex Conference Baseball Coaches Association’s MVP. The lefty logged 70 innings with 113 strikeouts compared to 13 walks, scattering 28 hits and six earned runs while picking up nine complete games. He gathered Rawlings Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America honors and is a finalist for NJ.com Player of the Year.
The four-year varsity starter collected a 27-6 career record with a 1.11 ERA and 348 strikeouts over 244 innings. The 27 wins matched the number totaled by former Scarlet Knights Bobby Brownlie, Willie Beard and Tom Marcinczyk for the most in league history.
Rutkowski, a native of Fords, New Jersey, also excelled at the plate by swatting 11 home runs to lead the state of New Jersey. Hitting 43-for-86 (.500), he knocked in 39 and scored 35 runs. He additionally played high school football and basketball.
Schneider, a third baseman from Berlin, New Jersey, played four years of varsity baseball for Eastern Regional. He is also a finalist for NJ.com Player of the Year after slashing .445/.500/.856 as a senior in 2017 with 27 runs, five home runs and 40 RBIs. The production merited 2017 Rawlings Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America status, as the infielder previously earned all-state and All-South Jersey recognition in his career. In addition, Schneider set the school record for hits when he notched his 129th last month.
Playing travel baseball for the Dirtbags, Schneider was named 2016 Perfect Game WWBA Jupiter Tournament MVP after leading team to national championship.
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