Michael Rucker Athlete Profile

#27 Michael Rucker

Position: Right Hand Pitcher Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Class: Junior Roster Years: 2013-2016 Hometown: Lake Tapps, WA Last School: Gonzaga University

Personal

  • Born in Columbus, Mississippi
  • Parents are Jeffry and Susan Rucker
  • Grandfather played lacrosse at Hobart College
  • Married Sydney Shuman in August 2014
  • Majoring in business management

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Auburn Riverside High under coach Jon Aarstad
  • Rated the third best right-handed pitcher and ninth best high school prospect in Washington by Baseball Northwest
  • As a junior, he went 8-2 with a 1.51 ERA and 102 strikeouts.
  • Two-time First-team All-State 4A and first-team All-SPSL 4A North
  • Puget Sound all-regional team
  • Co-male athlete of the year in 2012
  • As a sophomore, he received an All-SPSL 4A North honorable mention and was named the school's Varsity Team Most Improved Player.
  • South Puget Sound Scholar Athlete and a recipient of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Distinguished Scholastic Award.
  • At Gonzaga was a member of the Keen Engineering Competitions
  • Played summer of 2013 for Bellingham Bells


2013 | Freshman Year

  • Had a 1-0 record with 2.53 ERA in seven appearances with 8 strikeouts, three walks and 10.2 innings in 2013 at Gonzaga
  • Got saves vs.Pacific (9-8) and Utah Valley (6-4)
  • His lone win at Gonzaga was a 3-1 victory at Hawaii in 3.2 innings of relief in 12 innings.

2014 | Redshirt Year

  • Sat out this season due to NCAA transfer rules

2015 | Sophomore Year

  • West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Led team with a 3.22 earned run average and six saves
  • Recorded wins  vs. Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Portland in relief and No. 29 SDSU in his first start
  • Had saves vs. Hartford, Pepperdine, Portland, and twice at Loyola Marymount

2016 | Junior Year

  • Drafted in 11th round by Chicago Cubs
  • Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American, Collegiate Baseball
  • Third Team All-American, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
  • Rawlings ABCA All-Region second team
  • First Team All-West Coast Conference
  • All-WCC Academic Honorable Mention
  • WCC Commissioner's Bronze Honor Roll
  • Rawlings WCC Pitcher of Week vs. Samford
  • Rawlings WCC Pitcher of Week vs. Niagara
  • Had wins vs. Saint Louis, Samford, Niagara, Pacific, Loyola Marymount (complete game), Portland, San Diego, No. 25 Creighton, Gonzaga, Pepperdine and Santa Clara.
  • Led team with a 2.73 earned run average, 94 strikeouts and 102.1 innings
  • His 11-0 start tied five others in BYU history for best start in a season