Joshua Matthew Rupe was born on August 18, 1982 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He is a relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
Josh is 6’ 2”, weighs 210 pounds, and bats and throws right.
College Josh attended Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina.
Minor Leagues Josh was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of the 2002 amateur draft, and signed on June 14, 2002, going through their farm system.
On July 25, 2003 he was sent to the Texas Rangers to complete an earlier deal made on July 1, 2003. The Chicago White Sox sent Frank Francisco, Josh and Anthony Webster to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.
Major Leagues Josh made his major league debut on September 16, 2005 for the Texas Rangers, in a game against the Seattle Mariners.
Early in the 2006 season, Josh was placed on the 60-day disabled list with to an inflamed left elbow. He spent time rehabbing with the AAA Oklahoma RedHawks, and was recalled to the Rangers on July 28, 2006. He finished the season working out of the bullpen in a middle relief role.
Josh did not make the Rangers’ roster at the start of 2007 season, and was optioned to the RedHawks, where he played for the entire season.
In 2008, Josh made the major league roster out of spring training. Although his early appearances were rocky ones, he settled down and has contributed to the team.
Personal Josh and his wife April have no children to date.