Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Cameron Rupp, Image- Jay Floyd Over the weekend, Cameron Rupp sat in the players’ lounge area of the Coca Cola Park clubhouse watching the Phillies on television. On Tuesday, he’ll be in the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park for his first major league game. Rupp, the Phillies’ third round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Texas, was among a collection of youngsters that was added to the big league roster as September call-ups this week. The strong defending 24-year-old is up for the challenge. This season, Rupp posted a career high in home runs, with 14, splitting time with the Double-A Reading Fightins and the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Additionally, Rupp sported a .258 average and drove in 45 runs in 94 total games this year. The righty batting Texan, pleased with his own progress this year, had his eyes set on higher levels for much of the season. “I knew the situation I was in, sharing time with (Sebastian) Valle in Reading and with Tommy (Joseph) being (in Lehigh Valley), you know, I don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but as soon as Tommy went down, that was kind of a goal of mine, to keep going and play and, hopefully, get an opportunity to go up and take advantage of it,” Rupp said, referencing the Phillies’ other well-known catching prospects. Valle, once a highly promising minor league backstop, has been held back in Double-A due to stunted progress at the plate. Joseph, who was a prized acquisition from the Giants last year in the Hunter Pence trade, has missed considerable time with a concussion and reported shin issues this season. Rupp entered this season as a .258 career hitter with 19 homers in three professional seasons at three levels, none of which were higher than Class A Advanced where he was a Florida State League All-Star last year as a member of the Clearwater Threshers. Regarding his considerable strides in 2013, Rupp credits his Lehigh Valley teammates with helping him improve his mental game and daily approach. He feels that playing with the likes of Josh Fields and Pete Orr, who have a fair amount of big league experience between them, has provided him with the extra guidance many minor league players long for. “You learn a lot more about the game than just what goes on out there. You learn about mentalities, you learn about situations, you learn more that just what you see watching the game as opposed to what’s going on, situations. They’ve been around long enough to know…how to explain things to younger guys like myself,” Rupp said with appreciation in his voice. A promotion to the big leagues was not certain, but it was also not a full surprise to Rupp, who was aware that he had played well enough to be deserving of a shot at the top level of the sport sooner or later. The man that is often praised for his strong ability to lead a pitching staff has now achieved a lifelong goal and has a strong desire to stick by the methods that allowed him to reach it. “It’s everybody’s dream to get up there and play at the big league level,” Rupp stated, despite using the word speechless to describe his reaction to getting news of a big league call-up. “You play this game ’cause you love it; one, and two; to get up to the big leagues and play for a long time…I’ll go out there and give everything I’ve got, like I always do.”
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

John Calipari blasted for postgame interview

WATCH: MJ, Tom Brady play pickup game in Bahamas

WATCH: Wrong national anthem played for El Salvador

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Darren Sproles' role is growing for the Eagles

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

WWE unveils Ultimate Warrior statue

WATCH: Tom Brady jumps off tall cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.