The demotion to triple-A of second-year Rockies 2B Josh Rutledge earlier this week remains baffling to his fantasy owners.
His five HRs and five steals ranked him a respectable 16th at his position in the majors and, while his .243 AVG was down from his .274 last year, he was hitting over .280 in May and, let’s face it, there are a lot of young hitters struggling more and holding on to their jobs.
Rutledge was never a can’t-miss prospect. Heck, he was barely even a top-10 Rockies prospect a year ago when he arrived from double-A last July as a backup.
But, starting at SS for injured Troy Tulowitzki that night -- he even wore the all-star’s cleats and batting gloves -- Rutledge roped a double off Cliff Lee on the second pitch he saw, then proceeded to hit .345 with seven homers and five SBs over his first six weeks, before fading badly in September.
The dilemma now is this: Do you go by Rutledge’s first six weeks in the majors or the next 13?