Jared Andrew Abruzzo
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 225 lb.
- High School El Capitan High School
Jared Abruzzo was a catching/first base/designated hitter who played in the minor leagues from 2000 to 2005. He was drafted in the second round - 50th overall - by the Anaheim Angels in 2000, and he started his professional career that same year. He was signed by scout Tim Kelly.
He was once considered by Angels farm director Tony Reagins, "the most impressive of the young guys in big league camp.", although later in his career as a farm hand in the Angels organization, he was considered a Shawn Wooten like back up, who'd be backing up Jeff Mathis .
In 2000 with rookie level Butte, Abruzzo hit .255 with 8 home runs and 45 RBI. That same year, he led his team in home runs, RBIs and walks, and was named one of the top 10 prospects in the Angels organization by Baseball America. Between 2001 and 2004, he never played above high-A ball, with a high of 16 home runs, 73 RBI and a .271 average in that time. He stopped catching altogether in 2004.
In 2005, the Texas Rangers signed him, and he spent time in Class A and AA ball that year. In 30 at-bats at Class-A, he hit .067. In 153 at-bats at AA, he hit .209 with 4 home runs.
Abruzzo pitched for the first time in his professional career in 2005, with Bakersfield. In 2/3 of an inning, he pitched perfect baseball. His totals in the minors were a .245 average, 64 home runs and 299 RBI.