Jackson Rutledge will transfer to Texas junior college

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Arkansas pitcher Jackson Rutledge (99) is congratulated by catcher Grant Koch after recording the final out of a game against Southern Cal on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas pitcher Jackson Rutledge (99) is congratulated by catcher Grant Koch after recording the final out of a game against Southern Cal on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Fayetteville.

— Pitcher Jackson Rutledge will transfer to San Jacinto Junior College for the 2019 season, he announced on his Twitter account Wednesday.

Rutledge, a freshman right-hander, has not pitched for Arkansas since walking two batters and throwing three wild pitches without recording an out during an April 29 game against Alabama. He did not travel with the Razorbacks to LSU or Georgia earlier this month, or to this week's SEC Tournament.

"I haven't seen him pitch good, so I can't throw him out there," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said May 7 when asked about Rutledge.

Rutledge was a prominent reliever in the Arkansas bullpen early this season, but struggled as the year went along. His ERA in SEC games was 27.00 and he recorded just two outs in three appearances.

He had a 3-0 record and 3.45 ERA in 12 total appearances, including two starts. He earned a win and a save during Arkansas' early-March series against Southern Cal, but developed arm soreness and pitched only 9 2/3 innings the rest of the season.

Five days prior to his Alabama outing, Rutledge allowed one run on four hits and a walk, and threw two wild pitches during a 2 2/3-inning outing against Texas Tech.

Rutledge (6-8, 260 pounds) was rated the No. 183 draft prospect by Baseball America last year out of Rockwood Summit High School in St. Louis, but went undrafted.

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