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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 25)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
3 .271 0 0 0 0 .254 0.0
Birth Date4-21-1989
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Age25 years, 6 months, 1 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
0.22012
0.72013
0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 COL 23 73 291 277 37 76 20 5 8 130 9 54 4 1 0 37 7 0 .274 .306 .469 .252 6.0 -3.8 0.2
2013 COL 24 88 314 285 45 67 6 1 7 96 22 62 2 1 4 19 12 0 .235 .294 .337 .229 5.2 1.0 0.7
2014 COL 25 105 342 309 44 83 16 7 4 125 20 83 6 2 5 33 2 3 .269 .323 .405 .242 10.0 -8.0 0.2
Career26694787112622642131935151199124989213.259.308.403.24121.1-10.81.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2010 TRI A- 11 45 .141 .241 .326 .339 .246 .167 83 -5.5 1.3 0.3 0.8 1.0 -2.7 -0.2 -2.7 -0.2
2011 MOD A+ 113 523 .334 .278 .345 .428 .274 .417 97 43.6 15.7 7 -15.7 2.5 66.8 5.1 66.8 5.1
2012 COL MLB 73 291 .252 .251 .313 .398 .260 .315 118 -2.4 8.0 3 -3.8 -0.3 6.0 0.2 6.0 0.2
2012 TUL AA 87 379 .316 .256 .323 .386 .262 .345 96 22.1 10.5 3.5 -6.3 1.7 34.9 3.0 34.9 3.0
2013 COL MLB 88 314 .229 .254 .315 .401 .260 .276 114 -9.5 8.3 0.4 1.0 4.2 5.2 0.7 5.2 0.7
2013 CSP AAA 38 162 .336 .272 .341 .424 .269 .415 112 13.3 4.7 1.1 0.3 -0.4 17.3 1.8 17.3 1.8
2014 COL MLB 105 342 .242 .247 .304 .382 .256 .353 120 -5.6 8.8 3 -8.0 2.2 10.0 0.2 10.0 0.2
2014 CSP AAA 15 64 .303 .272 .338 .411 .271 .405 106 3.1 1.9 0.8 -0.4 1.2 5.9 0.6 5.9 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 TRI A- 45 6 5 0 0 0 4 4 10 1 0 .128 .222 .128 .000 .141 -2.7 0.8 -0.2
2011 MOD A+ 523 91 160 33 9 9 71 41 91 16 3 .348 .414 .517 .170 .334 66.8 -15.7 5.1
2012 TUL AA 379 57 109 27 3 13 35 14 69 14 4 .306 .338 .508 .202 .316 34.9 -6.3 3.0
2012 COL MLB 291 37 76 20 5 8 37 9 54 7 0 .274 .306 .469 .195 .252 6.0 -3.8 0.2
2013 CSP AAA 162 24 53 17 1 4 24 12 21 1 2 .371 .444 .587 .217 .336 17.3 0.3 1.8
2013 COL MLB 314 45 67 6 1 7 19 22 62 12 0 .235 .294 .337 .102 .229 5.2 1.0 0.7
2014 CSP AAA 64 7 18 3 0 1 5 7 12 3 3 .333 .413 .444 .111 .303 5.9 -0.4 0.6
2014 COL MLB 342 44 83 16 7 4 33 20 83 2 3 .269 .323 .405 .136 .242 10.0 -8.0 0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2012 1039 0.5014 0.5091 0.7788 0.6718 0.3456 0.8829 0.5754 0.2212
2013 1161 0.4953 0.4531 0.8118 0.6191 0.2901 0.9157 0.5941 0.1882
2014 1321 0.4898 0.4776 0.7984 0.6445 0.3160 0.8873 0.6244 0.2000
Career35210.4950.47880.7970.64420.31620.89540.59990.2024

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-28 2014-07-31 DTD 3 3 - General Medical Illness -
2014-04-28 2014-05-13 15-DL 15 14 - General Medical Illness - -
2014-03-02 2014-03-07 Camp 5 0 - Ankle Sprain - -
2012-08-20 2012-08-21 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2012-08-13 2012-08-14 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-04-15 2011-04-28 Minors 13 12 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 COL $
2013 COL $490,000
2012 COL $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$490,000
1 yrTotal$490,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 31 d1 year/$0.501M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.501M (2014). Re-signed by Colorado 3/9/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Re-signed by Colorado 3/6/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Colorado 7/13/12.
  • Drafted by Colorado 2010 (3-107) (Alabama). $0.295M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 612 84 176 37 5 17 71 34 112 15 3 .313 .357 .489 .294 40.6 2B 2, SS -2 4.4
80o 593 79 164 34 5 16 66 31 111 14 3 .300 .343 .467 .282 32.4 2B 2, SS -2 3.5
70o 580 75 155 32 5 15 63 30 110 13 2 .290 .332 .452 .273 26.7 2B 2, SS -2 2.9
60o 568 72 147 31 4 14 60 28 109 13 2 .281 .323 .438 .265 22.1 2B 2, SS -2 2.4
50o 557 69 141 29 4 14 58 27 108 12 2 .273 .314 .426 .258 17.9 2B 2, SS -2 2.0
40o 546 66 134 28 4 13 55 26 108 11 2 .266 .306 .414 .251 13.8 2B 2, SS -2 1.5
30o 534 63 128 27 4 12 52 24 107 11 2 .257 .297 .400 .244 9.7 2B 2, SS -2 1.1
20o 521 60 121 25 4 12 49 23 106 10 2 .247 .286 .385 .235 5.0 2B 2, SS -2 0.6
10o 502 55 110 23 3 11 45 21 104 9 2 .234 .271 .364 .223 -1.1 2B 2, SS -2 -0.1
Weighted Mean56070143304145827109122.276.317.429.26019.12B 2, SS -22.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 34% 18% 30% 88%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015265596613830314653611112.272.325.428.2752.525.11.24.112.47.3-2.1
2016276357515532317743712514.267.318.420.2692.626.11.34.514.95.3-2.4
2017286337315531415723712113.269.319.417.2692.625.91.14.314.95.5-2.4
2018296197315132416723812511.266.319.421.2712.626.60.94.114.96.7-2.3
2019306377315633317743312810.264.309.416.2652.222.60.74.014.92.9-2.4
2020316077014730314683511910.265.315.409.2662.222.50.63.714.93.3-2.3
202132604711483031669371188.265.318.415.2682.323.80.53.514.94.8-2.3
202233640731543131571371268.263.313.404.2632.020.50.43.614.91.6-2.4
202334627771543141775441236.271.330.429.2772.928.70.23.314.910.2-2.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
7.820.819.613.223.17.584.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Tony Abreu 2010 .193
2 85 Danny Richar 2008 .157
3 85 Ian Kinsler 2007 .271
4 84 Reid Brignac 2011 .172
5 83 Neil Walker 2011 .266
6 82 Jemile Weeks 2012 .232
7 81 Jordany Valdespin 2013 .224
8 81 Danny Espinosa 2012 .255
9 81 Brent Morel 2012 .174
10 80 Ian Desmond 2011 .248
11 79 Ruben Gotay 2008 .227
12 79 Luis Valbuena 2011 .183
13 79 Corey Hart 2007 .298
14 79 Ryan Adams 2012 .000 DNP
15 78 John Bowker 2009 .226
16 78 Jason Kipnis 2012 .262
17 78 Michael Morse 2007 .375
18 78 Josh Harrison 2013 .238
19 77 Jason Kubel 2007 .278
20 77 Howie Kendrick 2009 .272
21 77 Franklin Gutierrez 2008 .242
22 77 Andre Ethier 2007 .272
23 77 Ryan Kalish 2013 .000 DNP
24 77 J.D. Martinez 2013 .244
25 77 Kendrys Morales 2008 .220
26 77 Peter Bourjos 2012 .231
27 76 Josh Reddick 2012 .275
28 76 Johnny Giavotella 2013 .253
29 76 Jorge Cantu 2007 .233
30 76 Wladimir Balentien 2010 .000 DNP
31 76 Felix Pie 2010 .240
32 76 Shin-Soo Choo 2008 .320
33 75 Ryan Flaherty 2012 .222
34 75 Tony Thomas 2012 .000 DNP
35 75 Andy Marte 2009 .235
36 74 Brett Wallace 2012 .265
37 74 Tyler Colvin 2011 .186
38 74 Kyle Seager 2013 .290
39 74 David Adams 2012 .000 DNP
40 74 Mark Teahen 2007 .252
41 74 Aaron Cunningham 2011 .234
42 74 Ryan Mount 2012 .000 DNP
43 74 Eduardo Nunez 2012 .275
44 74 Eric Thames 2012 .248
45 74 Brandon Laird 2013 .219
46 74 Nate Schierholtz 2009 .254
47 74 Jhonny Peralta 2007 .271
48 74 Domonic Brown 2013 .292
49 73 Harold Garcia 2012 .000 DNP
50 73 Cord Phelps 2012 .204
51 73 Jesus Guzman 2009 .151
52 73 Dustin Ackley 2013 .251
53 73 Cody Puckett 2012 .000 DNP
54 73 Danny Valencia 2010 .261
55 73 Eric Patterson 2008 .196
56 73 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2013 .233
57 73 Yamaico Navarro 2013 .235
58 73 Nick Hundley 2009 .265
59 73 Brandon Jones 2009 .302
60 73 Brandon Crawford 2012 .245
61 73 Victor Diaz 2007 .250
62 73 Steve Tolleson 2009 .000 DNP
63 73 Josh Bell 2012 .166
64 72 Adam Lind 2009 .307
65 72 German Duran 2010 .000 DNP
66 72 Nate McLouth 2007 .278
67 72 Kevin Russo 2010 .176
68 72 Travis Metcalf 2008 .280
69 72 Nick Evans 2011 .269
70 72 Daniel Descalso 2012 .240
71 72 Marquez Smith 2010 .000 DNP
72 72 Luke Hughes 2010 .309
73 72 Scott Sizemore 2010 .219
74 72 Michael Saunders 2012 .281
75 72 Donovan Solano 2013 .230
76 72 Wilson Betemit 2007 .274
77 72 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2007 .282
78 72 Brandon Guyer 2011 .220
79 72 Brandon Moss 2009 .233
80 71 Adam Jones 2011 .279
81 71 Joel Guzman 2010 .000 DNP
82 71 Erik Morrison 2011 .000 DNP
83 71 Denard Span 2009 .280
84 71 Diory Hernandez 2009 .144
85 71 Lastings Milledge 2010 .264
86 71 Travis Snider 2013 .230
87 71 Daniel Murphy 2010 .000 DNP
88 71 Tommy Field 2012 .175
89 71 Trevor Plouffe 2011 .256
90 71 Russ Canzler 2011 .357
91 71 Reese Havens 2012 .000 DNP
92 71 Shane Costa 2007 .200
93 71 Sean Rodriguez 2010 .243
94 71 Matt Murton 2007 .272
95 71 Jed Lowrie 2009 .182
96 71 Gordon Beckham 2012 .242
97 71 Grant Green 2013 .236
98 71 Logan Forsythe 2012 .272
99 71 Chris Valaika 2011 .253
100 71 Matt Tuiasosopo 2011 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .211 .250 .358 .198
11 vs R (Multi) .267 .321 .391 .250
18 Split (Multi) .056 .071 .034 .052
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .196 .239 .294 .176
31 vs R (2013) .257 .323 .361 .248
38 Split (2013) .061 .085 .067 .072
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Building on a strong second half in 2011, Rutledge posted solid numbers at Double-A before being recalled to the big club after the All-Star break. He has decent power for a middle infielder but hasn't controlled the strike zone at any level. Until he learns to do so, pitchers will exploit this. Rutledge mostly played shortstop due to Tulowitzki's extended absence, but his arm is better suited to second base in the long run.
2012 Shortstop Josh Rutledge was old for the California League but hit a ton at Modesto in 2011 and was nearly unstoppable in the second half.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Josh Rutledge at this point? Is his being sent down an indication that he's never going be a starter again, or an opportunity for him to get playing time and return in a significant role?
(gerrybraun from San Diego)
He's had a bizarre career arc. When he first came up, the expectation was he'd be a Marco Scutaro type. Then he went on that power surge and he hasn't been good since. He's a second baseman more than a shortstop, so he's gotta hit to stick. I'm not optimistic he'll regain his former luster. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, rank the following outfielders for 2014: Avisail Garcia, Corey Dickerson, and Desmond Jennings. Thanks!
(James from Chicago)
Hey James.

Of those 3 OF, I would rank Jennings at the top. He is the most proven of the trio and most likely to get a full season's worth of playing time. Garcia is 2nd. He will probably play all season for the White Sox, and has enough speed to make him a slight sleeper candidate. Dickerson is at the bottom. His numbers for the Rockies weren't great, and I'm not convinced yet that he wasn't a product of hitter-friendly Colorado Springs. Maybe he gets a full season of AB for the Rockies, but maybe he doesn't. Josh Rutledge was considered a no-brainer $20 earner but had OBP issues and flopped. Dickerson has similar OBP issues. If you can't get on base, you're going to have problems, even in COL. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)You said that you like John Danks ROS. In my 16 tm h2h league I offered Matt Joyce for John Danks straight up, and am waiting for a response. Is this enough to snag him you think? Is Danks worth my "flier guys" like Josh Rutledge, Carlos Quentin, or Ichiro? Is Joyce more valuable than any of the above mentioned bench guys? Thanks
(George from SD)
It should be. I'd rather deal Rutledge or Ichiro for him, but that might not be enough. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anyway I can nab Tulo for Josh Hamilton, Josh Rutledge, and Justin Grimm in a dynasty league? or is my offer insulting?
(Peter from Omaha)
It's only not insulting because he's hurt, but it's not a good offer, either. I'd want more. Make that real arm and you might have something. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long do you think Josh Rutledge will be banished to AAA?
(Stephen from DC)
I don't think that it's so clearly his job that they need to rush him back up. It's not like with him and Lemahieu you have a 24-year-old and a 34-year-old. They're both young. The encouraging thing, I think, about Rutledge is that he's not hitting at home, which would give me some hope. (Zachary Levine)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Chris Owings fast start? Is he Josh Rutledge 2.0?
(Ryan from SLC)
Is being Josh Rutledge 2.0 a good thing or a bad thing? Owings can be a better baseball player and fantasy player than Rutledge. But then again, I am not a Rutledge fan. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is best for the rest of this year at 2B: Dustin Ackley, Josh Rutledge, or Daniel Murphy?
(nubber from tx)
Ackley. Still think he's the most talented out of that group. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Josh Rutledge can be a solid fantasy 2B?
(Wes from Texas)
I like Rutledge, but I've seen him go crazy high in a few drafts/auctions. Where we ranked him in our 2b rankings (i think 12?) is about right. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Josh Rutledge can be a strong fantasy player this season?
(zissou from naples)
He could be because of that park, but I'm extremely wary of Rutledge and am recommending staying away from him in shallower formats. Rutledge has a poor batting eye and it seems in September that pitchers finally figured this out and started throwing more stuff out of the zone. The result was a huge K% spike and a drop in Rutledge's overall stats. Maybe he figured something out over the winter and turns it around, but I think there's at least moderate risk here. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Are you buying or selling Josh Rutledge as a sleeper, think he can go 20/20 or what kind of line do you expect if he remains batting 2nd in that lineup?
(Wesley from Milwaukee)
current ADP of 166, went 109 in LABR. Sleeper status won't last much longer. 20/20 is a bit optimistic (Jason Collette)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, R.J. Please rank the following infielders by 2013 fantasy upside: Josh Rutledge, Logan Forsythe, Jed Lowrie, Everth Cabrera, Chris Nelson, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Donovan Solano.
(Todd from Oakland)
Hey Todd,

I'm not too good at fantasy (as Marc Normandin can attest) but I'd rank 'em something like:

Lowrie - Hurt often but probably the best hitter of the bunch
Cabrera - Should swipe a ton of bags and he has the positional advantage over Forsythe
Rutledge - Not as good as last year but he can hit and that park will help
Forsythe - Park hurts
Nelson - Park should help
Solano - I think I undersold him last year, but I don't know that I can put him higher
Hechavarria - Not sold that he's a fantasy contributor (R.J. Anderson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)What is your assessment on Josh Rutledge? Can he put together a 20/20 season this year? Or will his poor plate discipline hold him back? Thanks for the chat.
(Jason from Denver)
His plate discipline is a concern for me, but I think he can still be a quality player despite that. I don't think he can post a 20-20 season in 2013 but he should contribute significantly. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Josh Rutledge can carry over his success from last year over 162 games?
(Chris from Denver)
Hi Chris, thanks for the question. My biggest concern about Rutledge is his complete absence of plate discipline at any level. Some guys can hack their way to success (at least in the short-term), but my guess is that unless/until he makes adjustments in his approach, his weaknesses will be exploited by big-league pitchers. (Geoff Young)
2012-12-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you like Josh Rutledge as a 20/20 candidate next year if he gets the AB's?
(Bill from Norvolk)
This is the kind of trap question that never ends well. He's 23, so yeah there's hope (and as my father told me, if you have hope in one hand...) He's never stolen 20 in the minors, and while he did hit 21 HR between AA and MLB, he's always tilted more toward doubles. Now, with that said, he will hit 60 HR next year. (Russell Carleton)
2012-08-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts about Josh Rutledge moving forward? He's likely going to be a 2B but still a lot to like right?
(Marco from San Diego)
Yes, there's definitely a lot to like. He doesn't have superstar upside, but he is and should remain a very solid player going forward. He really knows how to hit and should be a .300 hitter with moderate power and speed contributions. Especially as an NL-only player, that has serious value. (Derek Carty)


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