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Full Name: Glendon James Rusch Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/170 First Game: April 6, 1997
Birthdate: November 7, 1974 MLB Experience: 10 years
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Glendon James Rusch (born November 7, 1974, in Seattle, WA) is a left handed starting pitcher who currently plays for the Chicago Cubs. He has previously played for the Kansas City Royals ('97-'99), the New York Mets ('99-'01), and the Milwaukee Brewers ('02-'03).

Until recently, he had not been able to be effective at the major league level, only winning ten games twice in his ten year career and having a career ERA of 4.79. He also came to the Cubs off of one of his worst seasons in 2003 with the Brewers, going 1-12 with an ERA of 6.42. Recently, he seems to have turned it around, though. In 2004, he was signed by the Cubs to a minor-league contract and proceeded to become one of the Cubs most reliable pitchers, both in relief and in the starting rotation. He went 6-2 with a 3.47 ERA in both 16 starts and relief appearances in 2004. In 2005 he has been even better. He is currently (as of June 8), 5-1 with an ERA 2.07 in 7 starts and 11 relief appearances. He also recorded his 11th career complete game in a four-hit shutout against the Padres on June 2. On September 29, 2005, Rusch earned his 9th season win to finish above .500 (50%) in his win-loss record for the second time in his career.

He is a fast worker on the mound and has shown good command of his two main pitchers, curveball and fastball. He has been effective versus both left-handed and right-handed batters. He is also an adept fielder who holds runners on well and has proven to be an excellent hitter for a pitcher, hitting two home runs in 2004 and showing skill as a bunter. He also gave up two home runs to pitcher Bronson Arroyo in 2006.

Rusch signed a two-year deal with the Cubs during the offseason in 2005 for $4 million.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1997 KC A 30 27 6 9 5.50 116 111 104 1 0 0 170.1 206 28 52 0 0 7
1998 KC A 29 24 6 15 5.88 94 104 101 1 1 1 154.2 191 22 50 0 1 4
1999 NY N 1 0 0 0 .00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999 KC A 3 0 0 1 15.75 4 7 7 0 0 0 4 7 1 3 0 0 1
1999 Total 4 0 0 1 12.60 4 7 7 0 0 0 5 8 1 3 0 0 1
2000 NY N 31 30 11 11 4.01 157 91 85 2 0 0 190.2 196 18 44 2 2 6
2001 NY N 33 33 8 12 4.63 156 101 92 1 0 0 179 216 23 43 2 3 7
2002 MIL N 34 34 10 16 4.70 140 118 110 4 1 0 210.2 227 30 76 1 6 5
2003 MIL N 32 19 1 12 6.42 93 93 88 1 0 1 123.1 171 11 45 3 3 4
2004 CHI N 32 16 6 2 3.47 90 54 50 0 0 2 129.2 127 10 33 1 1 4
2005 CHI N 46 19 9 8 4.52 111 79 73 1 1 0 145.1 175 14 53 8 1 1
2006 CHI N 25 9 3 8 7.46 59 57 55 0 0 0 66.1 86 21 33 2 0 1
Total NL 234 160 48 69 4.76 806 593 553 9 2 3 1046 1199 127 327 19 16 28
Total AL 62 51 12 25 5.80 214 222 212 2 1 1 329 404 51 105 0 1 12
Total 296 211 60 94 5.01 1020 815 765 11 3 4 1375 1603 178 432 19 17 40

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1997 KC A P 30 27 170.1 8 13 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 1.000
1998 KC A P 29 24 154.2 9 22 1 4 0 0 9 6 1 .969
1999 NY N P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 KC A P 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 Total P 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 NY N P 31 30 190.2 5 23 0 1 0 1 11 5 3 1.000
2001 NY N P 33 33 179 5 9 2 2 0 4 13 3 0 .875
2002 MIL N P 34 34 210.2 3 35 2 1 0 0 1 6 3 .950
2003 MIL N P 32 19 123.1 3 16 0 1 0 0 1 6 4 1.000
2004 CHI N P 32 16 129.2 6 16 1 4 0 0 1 3 0 .957
2005 CHI N P 46 19 145.1 4 17 2 2 0 0 3 2 1 .913
2006 CHI N P 25 9 66.1 3 10 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 1.000
Total P 296 211 1375 46 161 8 16 0 5 48 34 13 .963

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1997 KC A 30 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1998 KC A 29 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 NY N 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 KC A 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 NY N 31 50 2 3 0 1 .060 .113 .060 0 0 3 19 0 4 0 0 0
2001 NY N 33 54 0 3 0 5 .056 .073 .056 0 0 1 23 0 6 0 0 1
2002 MIL N 37 66 6 19 1 8 .288 .299 .333 0 0 1 24 0 14 0 0 1
2003 MIL N 33 34 2 7 0 2 .206 .270 .206 0 0 3 7 0 4 0 0 2
2004 CHI N 33 39 3 6 2 3 .154 .154 .333 1 0 0 11 0 7 0 0 0
2005 CHI N 46 41 2 6 0 0 .146 .186 .195 2 0 1 9 1 0 0 0 2
2006 CHI N 25 15 1 3 0 0 .200 .200 .267 1 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 0
Total NL 239 299 16 47 3 19 .157 .184 .201 4 0 9 97 1 38 0 0 6
Total AL 62 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total 301 305 16 47 3 19 .154 .181 .197 4 0 9 99 1 38 0 0 6

Transactions

  • Selected by Kansas City Royals in the 17th round of the free-agent draft (June 3, 1993 - signed June 7, 1993).
  • Traded by Kansas City Royals to New York Mets in exchange for Dan Murray (September 14, 1999).
  • Traded by New York Mets with Lenny Harris to Milwaukee Brewers as part of 3-team trade in which New York Mets sent Benny Agbayani, Todd Zeile and cash to Colorado Rockies; Milwaukee Brewers sent Jeff D'Amico, Jeromy Burnitz, Lou Collier, Mark Sweeney and cash to New York Mets; Colorado Rockies sent Alex Ochoa to Milwaukee Brewers; and Colorado Rockies sent Craig House and Ross Gload to New York Mets (January 21, 2002).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2003).
  • Signed by Texas Rangers (January 20, 2004).
  • Released by Texas Rangers (April 1, 2004).
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs (April 5, 2004).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2004).
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs (November 22, 2004).

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