Every year there is a player or two that have a great start to there major league career. Sometimes they continue to do well like Mike Trout and sometimes pitchers figure them out like Kevin Maas. Today I’d like to talk about a guy who came up 3 weeks ago and has been mauling major league pitching. Josh Rutledge had been grinding up minor league pitching and was on pace to have a 20/20 season in AA. He was a no brainer call up when Todd Helton went down last month.
He has taken over the short stop role since Tolu’s stint on the DL since June. He has done so well though and when Tolu gets back he might very well be the Rockies permanent solution at second base. I say this because he has proven himself in the minors and there is really no reason to send him back. So far he has hit 0.355 with 5 homers, 14 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Essentially his has continued what he was doing in AA.
I’m not going to blow smoke up your butt and tell you that he is going to be the next Alphonso Soriano (in his prime), but for the rest of this season I can see him going ) 0.310 with 10 home runs, and 12 stolen bases. Leave it to the sports card collectors though to raise the price of his average autographs to nearly 30 bucks. No way are his cards worth it, but maybe next season when he becomes a 0.270 20/20 guy the prices may drop to where they should be which is around five bucks.
What do you think of Josh’s start and the price of his autographed cards?