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Josh Rutledge. You’ve probably not heard of him, but he’s raking

Aug 8, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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Troy Tulowitzki went down and Marco Scutaro got traded, setting the stage for Josh Rutledge. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the dude in the Colorado Rockies uniform who is simply raking.

Rutledge went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBI in last night’s win over the Dodgers. For the season — 22 games worth since his promotion from Double-A Tulsa — he’s hitting .356/.372/.700 with six homers, 18 RBI and three steals.

Rutledge, the Rockies third round pick in 2010, turned 23 in April. He raked to the tune of .348/.414/.517 at high-A last season, and in Double-A this year he hit .306/.338/.508 in 87 games, so while .350 is not sustainable, the guy does have some chops.

I don’t know what his defense is all about, but he’s not going to supplant Tulowitzki as the starting shortstop next season. But boy howdy, he’d make a nice companion at second base, yes?

  1. heyblueyoustink - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Here I thought he was one of the Oak ridge boys.

    • snowbirdgothic - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      No, he’s a member of the Good Old Blues..Brothers…Boys Band.

  2. gsrider911 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    He’s been on my FBB team for weeks now, I’m surprised that he had 5 HRs in the last 2 or so weeks, to match his 5 errors… so as far as his Defense, he’s got some growing to do.
    He is totally smoking at the plate and people will say it’s the Coors Field effect, but I think that time will show that he is legit.

  3. myedayok - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    I picked him up on my FBB team a couple of months ago figuring he might be worth something. He’s turned ot to be one of the most consistant players at his position at the plate….If his def is going to hold him back on this team I’m sure they’ll trade him to an AL team who needs a DH.

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