SI FerryHawks Ink Ex-NY Yankee Minor Leaguer, Jersey Native Ben Ruta

The Staten Island FerryHawks of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today have announced the signing of outfielder Ben Ruta, a West Windsor, New Jersey native and former New York Yankees farmhand.

Staten Island FerryHawks sign former Wagner College player Ben Ruta.

A 2106 30th round MLB Amateur Draft pick of the Yankees, Ruta played in short-season Single-A Staten Island that same season, hitting one home run and driving in nine RBI in 83 at-bats in 25 games.

The 27-year-old batted .253 with 24 longballs and 172 RBI in 1460 at-bats in 403 contests across five seasons of minor league baseball. Ruta reached as high as the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, in the San Diego Padres’ system, last campaign.

Ruta played colligate baseball at Division I Wagner College in Staten Island.

— Jerry Del Priore

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