Rupp with the Philadelphia Phillies
|Philadelphia Phillies – No. 29|
September 28, 1988 |
|September 10, 2013, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
(through May 14, 2016)
|Runs batted in||43|
High school and college
Rupp was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 43rd round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft out of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, but did not sign and attended the University of Texas at Austin.
In 54 games as a freshman, he hit .309 with 4 HR and 32 RBI and had a .990 fielding percentage. He was named a Freshman All-American by the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger. That summer he played for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League. In 63 games as a sophomore, he hit .292 with a team-high 11 HR and 46 RBI during their College World Series runner-up season and was named to the All-College World Series team. That summer he played for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. In 63 games as a junior he hit .304 with 10 HR and 54 RBI. He was then drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.
Rupp was assigned to Short-Season Williamsport and made his debut on June 25. In 55 games, he hit .218 with 5 HR and 28 RBI. Rupp played 2011 with Single-A Lakewood, where in 99 games, he hit .272 with 4 HR and 44 RBI and struck out 96 times. Rupp played 2012 with High-A Clearwater, where in 104 games, he hit .267 with 10 HR and 49 RBI. Rupp began 2013 with Double-A Reading, where in 41 games, he hit .245 with 8 HR and 21 RBI before being promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in early June. In 53 games for the IronPigs, he hit .269 with 6 HR and 24 RBI before being recalled.
On September 3, Rupp was recalled by the Phillies. In his first start, he recorded his first hit, off of Andrew Cashner, and later scored his first run. He started 3 games at catcher, and made one appearance as a pinch hitter. In 4 games he hit 4 for 13 with 0 HR and 2 RBI. After the season he played for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League.
Cameron Rupp began the 2015 season as the Phillies' backup catcher, but by the end of June, with primary catcher Carlos Ruiz struggling and Rupp's performance starting to improve, Rupp began to see increased playing time. On June 23, 2015, Rupp hit his first major league home run off New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.