Josh Rutledge, Infield, Colorado Rockies
Date of Birth: 4/21/1989
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
College: University of Alabama
Josh Rutledge, infielder for the Boston Red Sox, was a top player in both high school and college. The Colorado Rockies drafted him in 2010 and he played in their minor league system from 2010 through part of 2012.
Rutledge joined the Rockies in 2012 for 73 games. He batted .274 with 76 hits, 20 doubles, and 37 RBIs in his first season in the major leagues. In 2013, he batted .235 with 67 hits in 88 games. He finished the 2014 season with 83 hits, 16 doubles, and a .269 batting average in 105 games.
On December 10, 2014, Rutledge was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox on July 27, 2015, for Shane Victorino. He spent most of the 2015 season in the minors, playing in just 39 games with the Red Sox.
Rutledge spent most of the 2016 season on the DL with a knee injury. He played in just 28 games with the Red Sox.
Rutledge returned to the Rockies on a minor league contract on November 23, 2016. Less than a month later, on December 8th, he was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox.
Career batting statistics for Rutledge through 2016 include:
- 333 games played
- 260 hits
- 102 RBIs
- 244 strikeouts to 62 walks
- .262 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Rutledge as an infielder through 2016 include:
- 117 games played at second base, 27 games played at third base, 141 games played at shortstop
- 663 assists
- 145 double plays
- 351 putouts
- 36 errors
Rutledge's wife Laura is a sports reporter for CNN.