We continue the list today with number 67 in our countdown with Texas junior catcher Cameron Rupp. He is from Plano Texas and attended Prestonwood Christian Academy where he picked up three letters. His senior season saw him bat at a .644 clip with six homers and 55 RBI in 32 games while leading the squad to a state championship game appearance. He won multiple awards after his senior season including being named district MVP, all-state, Rawlings All-American and Louisville Slugger All-America honors. He also had an outstanding junior season as he hit .500 with 12 doubles, five home runs and 35 RBI to earn district MVP, all-state and Aflac All-America honors as a junior, helping team win a district title with a 24-5 record and earn a state semifinal appearance. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 43rd round in the 2007 draft but decided to head to Austin to play under legendary head coach Augie Garrido.
In his 2008 freshman season, he appeared in 54 games with 51 starts behind the dish for the Longhorns. He finished the season with a .309 average with 34 runs scored, 60 hits, 17 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 32 RBI on the year. He was given multiple awards for his freshman campaign as he was named NCBWA Freshman All-American, Louisville Slugger’s/Collegiate Baseball All-American and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. He spent the summer of 2008 with the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League where he hit at a .253 average with 13 runs, 21 hits, five doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI in 28 games including 24 starts. He was great at the National Baseball Congress World Series where he led the Foresters to the crown by hitting .320 with eight runs, two home runs and eight RBI in the seven games.
The 2009 season for Rupp saw him appear in 63 games (60 starts) accumulating a .292 average with 11 homers and 46 RBI. He was also solid behind the plate throwing out runners at a .318 clip. He did struggle with passed balls last season with eleven on the season while being called for catcher’s interference once. He played the summer of 2009 with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League where he hit .317 with four homers and 12 RBI. He finished the summer with a slugging percentage of .567. He was also named to the CCBL All-Star game where he picked up a walk in his only at-bat.
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