Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

July 2, 2013

Bullard-ex Rumbelow signs with New York Yankees

Flame thrower collects his first win as a pro in second outing

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



NEW YORK — The New York Yankees announced late last week that they have come to terms with former Bullard High School and LSU pitching standout Nick Rumbelow — the Yankees drafted Rumbelow with the 224th pick in this summer's MLB First Year Players Draft.

According to several reports Rumbelow, a seventh-round selection, signed for a $100,000 bonus.

Slot money for the 224th pick was just under $161,000.

Rumbelow, 21, just wrapped up his junior year at LSU where he posted a 3.31 earned run average with 36 strike outs and 15 walks in 32.2 innings of work as a Tiger reliever.

Baseball America's scouting report on Rumbelow states that he regularly hits speeds of 94-95 miles per hour and that his secondary pitch is a curveball that has been labeled as “inconsistent” at times.

Rumbelow is the son of Jay and Lori Rumbelow.

He earned a spot onto the 2012 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

A 2010 graduate of Bullard High, Rumbelow garnered First Team All East Texas and Second Team All-State accolades his senior year.

Rumbelow picked up his first win as a professional working in relief for the Staten Island Yankees (Class A, New York-Penn League) Monday night when the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Cyclones 8-7 in 12 innings.

Rumbelow came on with two outs in the ninth and pitched 1.1 innings and gave up a pair of unearned runs on one hit while striking out one and not walking a batter.

His professional debut took place on Friday when he worked one inning of relief and fanned two of the Auburn hitters that he faced.