Jun 21, 2016

Jamal Rutledge is looking dapper in his new uniform.

In the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft that began June 9, the Richmond resident was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 28th round.

The right-handed shortstop most recently played for Contra Costa College. He stands 6-2 and weighs about 170 pounds and graduated from El Cerrito High School.

He deserves a huge congrats and we wish him the best of luck.


  1. I watched this young man grow into the star he is. Its been many times he would greet me at the scooter shop, so I feel he us our very own. His mom always did/do the very best to keep him grounded in his education. I’m proud if you Jamal and I plan to see you on the big field. Congrats nephew.

    Richard Griffin | Jun 21st, 2016
  2. Congratulation young man! It is great to see what has evidently been some hard work and dedication by you, family and coaches reach this plateau. Stay disciplined and focused.

    Jerry Anderson | Jun 22nd, 2016
  3. Congrats Jamal!!! We are “Gaucho” proud of you!!!! You have always shown that you were special at ECHS, now the rest of the world will know! Best of luck to you! ~~~Mrs. Perkins

    Erika P. | Jun 22nd, 2016
  4. Best wishes, congratulations Jamal another one Richmond’s standout have taken his skills to the big show. Stay Focus and remember where you can find and make your family proud.

    Emmett Fletcher | Jun 23rd, 2016
  5. Jamal

    I coach and play adult baseball all over the state and even played in CUBA in 2013. I grew up in Richmond and attended all Richmond schools and currently live in EL Cerrito. I am glad for you and your family and all your friends, coaches, and schoolmates. Hard work and dedication do pay off. Your folks and all of us are proud of you. Congratulations

    Mike Hughey
    Galileo Giants Coach/player

    mooch | Jun 23rd, 2016
  6. Congratulations to you and your mom; from those early beginnings at Nicols Park and Tara Hills through the journeys of travel ball and high school, I have watched you grow and mature because your mom always believed in you and encouraged you . What a lesson for single moms…and your Black young men in our area; work hard; stay focused; and receive the love around you…

    Michael Gonzales | Jun 23rd, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.