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Former UConn Closer Patrick Ruotolo Moving Quickly In Giants Farm System

Former UConn Closer Patrick Ruotolo Moving Quickly In Giants Farm System

When Patrick Ruotolo was handed a sheet to fill out, listing his goals for his sophomore season, he kept it simple.

“95, Closer,” he wrote down.

And he reached it. When he left UConn, he had 20 saves, a 2.62 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 120 innings. Ruotolo took the ball whenever Jim Penders offered it and got the big outs, often more than three, to help send the Huskies to the American Athletic Conference tournament title and the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

“For me, my confidence is high. it’s always really high,” said Ruotolo, who is in Hartford pitching for the Double A Richmond Flying Squirrels this week. “That’s just the way I am. No matter how things are going, I...

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