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13 Josh Rutledge 2B
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 4/21/1989 | Birthplace: Birmingham, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 3/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Angels prospect Josh Rutledge to get work at shortstop in Triple-A


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Angels prospect Josh Rutledge was considered the favorite to win the role at second base heading into spring training. But now that he will begin the year in Triple-A, Los Angeles wants to see his versatility, reports the Orange County Register.

Rutledge will primarily play shortstop during his minor league assignment, but also get time at second and third base.

"He was supposed to be the utility infielder but somehow the runaway train made him our everyday second baseman," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "That's not what he was necessarily supposed to be, and he did not have a very good spring. He needs to go back and get himself where he needs to be, start swinging the bat like he has in his lifetime in the minors."


Giavotella wins Angels' second base job over Green, Rutledge


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Johnny Giavotella was awarded the starting second base job after the Angels optioned infielders Grant Green and Josh Rutledge down to Triple-A Salt Lake following Friday's exhibition game against the Dodgers, according to the Orange County Register.

Giavotella hit .315 (17 for 54) with one home run and seven RBI in 25 spring training games. He has slashed .238/.277/.334 over 437 big-league at-bats.


Angels 2B Josh Rutledge (hamstring) returns to lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Angels second baseman Josh Rutledge is back in the starting lineup Sunday, batting ninth in his team's game against the Giants.

Rutledge has been dealing with tightness in his hamstring and hasn't played since Tuesday. He's 7 for 31 with one double and three walks this spring in his battle to serve as the team's primary second baseman.


Angels INF Josh Rutledge sidelined due to hamstring tightness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Angels infielder Josh Rutledge is dealing with some tightness in his hamstring, but he is expected to be back in the spring lineup soon, per MLB.com. Rutledge is batting .226 (7 for 31) through 12 spring games.

Angels' Josh Rutledge viewed as the favorite at second


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Angels infielder Josh Rutledge is considered the favorite for the second base job, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Rutledge is competing with a number of players, including Grant Green and Johnny Giavotella, this spring. Rutledge has the most experience of the group, which could give him the edge.

The 25-year-old hit .269/.323/.405 over 309 at-bats last season. 


Angels' Scioscia weighing second-base options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia is weighing how much emphasis to put on spring-training performance as he decides how to approach the second-base position this season, MLB.com reports.

"A lot of it is to see what the best fit is for your group of guys, what your lineup needs are," Scioscia said. "There's an absolute to people winning jobs at spring training. Probably not at the analysis you're looking at -- 'Oh, he hit .340 in spring training' -- but there are a lot of things we're looking at as to how a guy fits in our lineup. You can make the team in spring, for sure, with the things that you show."

Scioscia hasn't ruled out the option of using multiple players at the position as the situation dictates.

"That's one of the options," he said. "There are guys that have the ability to go out there and do what we need to do on the defensive end and the offensive end, and we'll see who emerges and who gives us the best look."

Josh Rutledge highlights a second-base competition that also includes Grant Green, Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston.


Angels could use combination of players at 2B


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia hinted that the second base job is wide open, and did not close the door on the possibility of using a combination of players, including Josh Rutledge, Grant Green, Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston for the position, per the Orange County Register.

"If it's a combination, it's a combination," Scioscia said. "If it's one guy, it's one guy."


Report: Angels no longer in play for Gordon Beckham


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Angels are no longer in play for second baseman Gordon Beckham, reports MLB.com on Friday. The team is now set on having Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella, Grant Green and Taylor Featherston compete for second base/utility at-bats moving forward.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Angels on Dec. 2. He managed a slash line of .227/.271/.348 in 2014.


Angels acquire Josh Rutledge from Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Angels acquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in exchange for pitcher Jairo Diaz, the Rockies announced Wednesday.

Rutledge has spent three seasons in the majors and hit .269/.323/.405 with four home runs and 33 RBI in 309 at-bats in 2014. While he proved much more dangerous against lefthanders last season, posting a .309/.371/.469 line in 81 at-bats against southpaws, he's delivered virtually identical splits against lefties and righties in his career. Where he's struggled is away from Coors Field, hitting just .230/.274/.354 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 418 road at-bats in his career. Rutledge will likely compete for the starting second-base role vacated by the Howie Kendrick deal.

Diaz started 2014 in high Class A and ended the season in the majors, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight over five appearances. He posted a 3.48 ERA and 85:20 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Arkansas.


Report: Angels talking to Rockies about Josh Rutledge


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Angels have approached the Rockies about infielder Josh Rutledge because they believe he can develop into an everyday player, according to The Denver Post. As of Tuesday, the teams were merely talking and no trade offers were made.

The Rockies could be interested in some of the Angels relievers, including Vinnie Pestano and Fernando Salas. 


Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Josh Rutledge on roll for Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Shortstop Josh Rutledge has continued to provide a rare bright light in a lost season for the Rockies by maintaining a hot bat late in the season.

Rutledge is batting .500 over his last 22 at-bats with seven runs and six RBI in seven games. He has raised his batting average from .247 to .269 in September. That's his highest mark since Aug. 10.


Josh Rutledge healthy enough to play Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game Thursday against the Cubs due to an illness, but was feeling well enough to come into the game as a defensive replacement.

Rutledge entered the game in a double switch during the seventh inning, playing shortstop and hitting ninth in one plate appearance. He should be healthy enough to play moving forward. 


Josh Rutledge out of lineup Wednesday, available in emergency


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs, but he is available in an emergency situation, MLB.com reports.

Rutledge missed Monday and Tuesday due to an illness, and it seems like he's getting better, as the team optioned a reserve infielder Wednesday. He has hit .307/.358/.486 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 140 at-bats.


Josh Rutledge misses second straight start Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge was held out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs due to an upper respiratory infection, according to The Denver Post. It was the second straight start he missed.

Josh Rutledge dealing with illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge was scratched from the starting lineup Monday against the Cubs because of an illness, the Denver Post reports. Rutledge is hitting .307 over 140 at-bats. He'll look to return Tuesday in Chicago.

Josh Rutledge scratched Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge has been scratched from Monday's lineup.

It's unclear why Rutledge was scratched at this time. Charlie Culberson will take his place at shortstop. Rutledge is hitting .307 over 140 at-bats. 


Hitters to sit in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Whether because of poor matchups, unfavorable platoon splits or the fact they're just plain cold, Yan Gomes, Allen Craig, Josh Rutledge, Lonnie Chisenhall, Andrelton Simmons and Khris Davis are "sits" for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)

Find out the "why" for each in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Josh Rutledge connects for third home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge started in place of the injured Troy Tulowitzki (thigh) Sunday at Pittsburgh and made the most of his start by going 2 for 4 with two RBI in the 5-3 loss.

Rutledge made his presence felt early with a two-run homer off Jeff Locke in the first inning. It was his third home run and first in 16 games (five starts). Rutledge had just his second multi-RBI game of the season.


Josh Rutledge hits second home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge clubbed his second home run Friday against the Brewers.

With his team trailing by one in the ninth inning, Rutledge stepped in against Francisco Rodriguez. On the sixth pitch of the at-bat, Rutledge belted an 84 mph changeup out to left to tie the game. Rutledge finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI.


Josh Rutledge re-emerging as Fantasy relevant option?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge has started four of the last five games at second base for Colorado. The Rockies haven't benched DJ LeMahieu, but have instead played him more at third base lately to get Rutledge's bat in the lineup.

This is a positive development for Rutledge, especially since he's producing offensively. He's batting .615 (8 for 13) with one triple, two RBI and seven runs in his last four games.

Charlie Culberson didn't provide the production the Rockies were looking for after Nolan Arenado went on the disabled list in late May, so it seems manager Walt Weiss is comfortable enough playing LeMahieu at third base and Rutledge at second base. 

Rutledge was impressive during his rookie season in 2012 before having a horrendous year in 2013. He's starting to show signs of bouncing back in 2014, so he could be worth a flier in deep formats and has the potential to develop into much more.


Josh Rutledge continues fast start


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/11/2014) Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge went 3 for 4 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and three runs scored in a 13-10 loss to the Braves on Tuesday. Rutledge is 6 for 10 over his last three starts, raising his average to .341/.413/.537 in 41 at-bats.

Josh Rutledge gets the call Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) The Rockies recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs Saturday, after Nolan Arenado was placed on the disabled list.

Rutledge could see some playing time with Arenado likely out for a while with a finger fracture. He was hitting .318/.375/.500 in 22 at-bats earlier in the season for the Rockies. 


Rockies option Josh Rutledge


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/13/2014) The Rockies reinstated infielder Josh Rutledge (viral infection) from the 15-day DL and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the team announced.

Josh Rutledge placed on 15-day DL with viral infection


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a viral infection, the team announced. The move is retroactive to April 28. Rutledge is hitting .318 with one home run and four RBI in 22 at-bats this season.