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Rockies option second baseman Josh Rutledge to Triple-A

May 22, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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Josh Rutledge showed signs of promise in 2012 when he hit eight home runs, stole seven bases and registered a .775 OPS in 73 games as a 23-year-old.

But the middle infielder has failed to meet the hype so far in 2013 and was officially optioned Wednesday evening to Triple-A Colorado Springs according to beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Rutledge did not play in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks and is sporting a weak .242/.298/.357 batting line in 43 games this year.

D.J. LeMahieu will serve as the Rockies’ regular second baseman going forward.

  1. tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    A lot of folks predicted that Rutledge would get sent down in the first half of the season, but it was assumed that it would relate to his strikeouts. Oddly, his walk rate increased 4% from last year, with his strikeouts decreasing 3%. I guess he was doing a lot of swinging for the fences though, because his ISO fell from .195 to .115, and his SLG% from .469 to .357 this season. His BABIP also fell way down to .262 (it was .315 in 2012), which is lower than any rate he posted in the majors or minors. So in this case, some of it may simply be poor luck…but a lot of it appears to be attributable to Rutledge changing his approach at the plate, trying to be more patient. In doing so, he’s striking out less and walking more, but his primary sources of value as a hitter (power) dropped markedly in doing so.

    • mgdsquiggy17 - May 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      I thought I read somewhere they weren’t too thrilled with his defense and with DJ being better defensively sure this on top of everything you mentioned contributed to his getting sent down.

      • tuberippin - May 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Yes, he’s pretty awful defensively. It was his bat that kept him up in the majors last season and into this season. For a 2B/SS, he’s pretty bad with the leather.

  2. coryfor3 - May 23, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    D.J should be the Cubs starting second baseman. He’s going to be good given a shot.

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