Christopher Patrick Rusin (born October 22, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the season Atlanta Braves organization. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at the University of Kentucky. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies.

Chris Rusin
Atlanta Braves
Born: (1986-10-22) October 22, 1986 (age 33)
Detroit, Michigan
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 21, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record20–28
Earned run average4.63

College careerEdit

Rusin, a graduate of Divine Child High School, enrolled at the University of Kentucky, where he played college baseball for the Kentucky Wildcats in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). As a junior in 2008, Rusin was named to the All-SEC first team after posting a 6–3 win–loss record and a 3.33 earned run average.[1] The Oakland Athletics drafted Rusin in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but he opted to return to Kentucky for his senior season.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Chicago CubsEdit

The Chicago Cubs selected Rusin in the fourth round, with the 140th selection of the 2009 MLB Draft, and Rusin signed.[2] Rusin started the 2010 season with the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and was promoted to the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League in August.[3]

After pitching for the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in 2012, he made his major league debut for the Cubs on August 21.[2] He pitched in seven games in 2012, winning two and losing three. Rusin returned to the Iowa Cubs where he spent the 2013 season until July 2, when he was called up and started a game against the Oakland Athletics.[citation needed]

Rusin was among the last players cut from the major league team in spring training in 2014. Pitching for Iowa, Rusin threw a no-hitter on May 7.[4]

Colorado RockiesEdit

On September 27, 2014, Rusin was acquired by the Colorado Rockies, after being placed on waivers by the Cubs. On August 7, 2016, he gave up Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000th hit. He elected free agency on October 3.

Atlanta BravesEdit

On January 18, 2020, Rusin signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.


  1. ^ a b "Rusin returns to UK baseball team". August 15, 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  2. ^ a b "Chris Rusin to Make MLB Debut Tuesday". Kentucky Wildcats Athletics. August 20, 2012. Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  3. ^ Kline, Adam (August 2, 2010). "Smokies add pitcher Rusin to the roster Monday". Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  4. ^ Gonzales, Mark (May 7, 2014). "Chris Rusin throws no-hitter for Iowa Cubs". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-05-04.

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