Rutledge
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries marred Rutledge throughout 2017, as he suffered a hamstring injury in spring training that pushed him to the disabled list to begin the season and cost him most of April. A hip injury in June sent him back to the DL, and it was later revealed that he was also deali... read more
Injuries marred Rutledge throughout 2017, as he suffered a hamstring injury in spring training that pushed him to the disabled list to begin the season and cost him most of April. A hip injury in June sent him back to the DL, and it was later revealed that he was also dealing with concussion symptoms. He was eventually recalled from his rehab assignment in late July when problems with his hip persisted, and he underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery in August. At season's end, Rutledge had played in just 37 games, occasionally filling in for an injured Dustin Pedroia when he was healthy in the first half, but offering a very empty .224/.297/.262 line -- easily the worst he's produced in six years of limited duty as a big-league player. It's expected that he'll be healthy to begin spring training, where he'll end up having to compete for a roster spot with the Giants after signing with San Francisco in December.
LEAGUE: Free Agent    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'1"    WT: 190 lbs.    DOB: 4/21/1989    Drafted: 3rd Rd in 2010Show Contract
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Josh Rutledge Contract Info:
Signed a minor-league contract with the Giants in December of 2017.
Released by Giants
3BFree Agent  
June 27, 2018
Rutledge was released by the Giants on Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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2018 Stat Review for Josh Rutledge
0.10 BB/K
TERRIBLE
3.7 % BB Rate
TERRIBLE
38.9 % K Rate
TERRIBLE
0.188 OPS
TERRIBLE
0.111 OBP
TERRIBLE
0.077 AVG
TERRIBLE
0.129 BABIP
LOW
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  1. Josh Rutledge 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Josh Rutledge 2017 Preseason Outlook
    After an injury to Pablo Sandoval early in the season, Rutledge earned a callup from Triple-A Pawtucket to help provide infield depth. The 27-year-old slashed a serviceable .265/.345/.388 in 28 at-bats in the big leagues before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He also showed his versatility by making appearances at shortstop along with second and third base. He was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the season. However, the Red Sox reclaimed him in the Rule 5 draft for organizational depth after parting ways with multiple infield pieces. Rutledge has had success in the past hitting lefties, sporting a .313 career average against them, something that could earn him opportunities opposite Boston's other utility man, Brock Holt, who batted just .105 against lefties in 2016. Perhaps Rutledge will carry some AL-only fantasy value.
  3. Josh Rutledge 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Rutledge spent time with two organizations in 2015, beginning the year with the Angels before being traded to Boston for Shane Victorino. He never got out of Triple-A while with the Angels but put up serviceable numbers at Triple-A Salt Lake. The Red Sox put him to work immediately at the major-league level, as Rutledge’s versatility – he’s played shortstop, second base and third base during his career – earned him at-bats as injuries hit Dustin Pedroia and Pablo Sandoval. He fared reasonably well, but there simply was no room for Rutledge with the likes of Brock Holt and Travis Shaw filling bench roles, and the Red Sox designated him for assignment in November. After passing through waivers unclaimed, Rutledge was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he figures to spend most of the year as organizational depth.
  4. Josh Rutledge 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Handed a large chunk of playing time when a torn labrum limited Troy Tulowitzki to 91 games, Rutledge was a colossal disappointment in his attempt to demonstrate that he was a viable replacement option. While he was more detrimental to the Rockies on the defensive end, Rutledge’s .269 batting average, four homers and two stolen bases over 342 plate appearances weren’t particularly encouraging outputs for a bat-first middle infielder. Plate discipline remains the overriding concern for Rutledge, who owns a career 5.4% walk rate and also saw his strikeout rate take a steep hike upward in 2014. The 25-year-old still has time to make the necessary corrections with his hitting mechanics, but the Rockies gave up on the idea of him becoming the heir apparent to Tulowitzki at shortstop and traded him to the Angels. He'll compete for playing time at second base in Los Angeles, but he'll need to improve with the glove to win a sizable role.
  5. Josh Rutledge 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Rutledge earned the Opening Day second base job on the strength of his splendid major league debut a season before, but was a bust right from the get-go, earning a demotion to Triple-A in May after struggling offensively and in the field. Though he enjoyed good numbers at Triple-A and eventually found his way back to the Rockies on a couple more occasions, Rutledge was never able to recapture the success he enjoyed in 2012, finishing the season with a dismal .235/.294/.337 line over 314 plate appearances. Although Rutledge’s numbers were down in almost every category, he did raise his walk rate considerably during his trials in the majors and stole 12 bases, putting him at a perfect 19-for-19 on steal attempts for his career. D.J. LeMahieu probably has the inside track for the starting second base job this spring, but Rutledge offers significantly more upside of the two players based on the power potential he brings to the position. It’s certainly within Rutledge’s capacity to reclaim the job if he can meld his newfound plate discipline with the hitting skills he’s previously shown.
  6. Josh Rutledge 2013 Preseason Outlook
    With the Rockies struggling to get offensive production at shortstop with Troy Tulowitzki out with a wrist injury, Rutledge received a callup from Double-A Tulsa in July. He exceeded any of the team's wildest expectations early on, batting .345 with seven home runs and five stolen bases through his first two months in the big leagues. Once pitchers started figuring out the book on him, Rutledge was exposed down the stretch, with his low walk rate resulting in a rather ordinary .306 on-base percentage by season's end. Assuming Tulowitzki enters this season healthy, Rutledge will move over to second base full time, giving him eligibility at both middle-infield positions in most leagues. While Rutledge's average may drain some of his value if his lack of plate discipline continues, he has a great chance at reaching double-digit home runs and steals batting near the top of the Rockies lineup.
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Released by Giants
3BFree Agent  
June 27, 2018
Rutledge was released by the Giants on Wednesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Comes up short in roster battle
3BSan Francisco Giants  
March 27, 2018
Rutledge was informed Tuesday that he did not make the Giants' Opening Day roster, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
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In mix for bench role
3BSan Francisco Giants  
March 23, 2018
Rutledge is being considered for one of the Giants' final roster spots this spring, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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In Giants' lineup
3BSan Francisco Giants  
February 24, 2018
Rutledge (hip) will man the keystone and bat sixth against the Dodgers on Saturday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Agrees to minor-league deal with Giants
3BSan Francisco Giants  
Hip
December 21, 2017
Rutledge (hip) signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
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