ROCK HILL, SC–Winthrop senior relief pitcher Eric Ruth has signed with the New York Yankees organization and has reported to Tampa of the Gulf Coast League.
Ruth, a 6-0, 195-lb. right-hander from Hatfield, PA, is the second Eagle pitcher from this past season who will continue his career on the professional level. Matt Pierpont was drafted in the 26th round earlier this month by the Colorado Rockies.
Ruth compiled a 13-4 record during his four-year Winthrop career. He was used in a relief role as a freshman and sophomore before being inserted into the starting rotation as a junior. He returned to the bullpen this past season and was one of the top closers in the Big South Conference as he finished the year with a 3-0 record and 10 saves. His 0.43 earned run average was the second lowest in the conference among pitchers with 20 or more innings of work.
As a freshman in 2010, he ranked second on the team in appearances with 28. In 2011, he recorded a team-best 6-1 record in 24 relief appearances as a sophomore, and was 3-3 in a starting role as a junior in 2012.
He completed his career with 195 strikeouts in 198 innings and a career ERA of 4.00. During his senior year, he allowed just two earned runs in 41.2 innings.