Trade Central: Angels Acquire Rutledge To Play Second

THE DEAL

After earlier dispatching longtime second baseman Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers for young lefty Andrew Heaney, the Angels imported Josh Rutledge to compete for Kendrick’s job.

To Colorado the Angels sent righthander Jairo Diaz, their No. 7 prospect when our rankings were released last week.


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ROCKIES ACQUIRE
Jairo Diaz, rhp
Age: 23

The flame-throwing Diaz spent the first two years of his career behind the plate, but a light bat coupled with a strong arm prompted a move to the mound in 2010. His triple-digit fastball and nasty slider carried him from high Class A Inland Empire to Anaheim in 2014. Diaz notched 15 saves and recorded 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors. Diaz shortened his arm action significantly in 2014, adding deception, helping him repeat his delivery and producing better velocity. He has a blazing, plus-plus fastball that sits 97-98 mph and hits 100 at times. He throws from a high-three-quarters delivery, and his fastball is more notable for its velocity than its command and below-average life.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
Inland Empire (CAL) HiA 2 3 4.78 29 4 32 31 18 17 2 10 37 .244
Arkansas (TL) AA 2 1 2.20 27 11 33 30 8 8 2 10 48 .252
Los Angeles (AL) MAJ 0 0 3.18 5 0 6 4 2 2 0 3 8 .200
Caribes (VL) WIN 0 1 22.50 4 0 2 3 6 5 0 3 1

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ANGELS ACQUIRE
Josh Rutledge, 2b/ss
Age: 25

The Angels are expected to have Rutledge compete with Grant Green for Kendrick’s vacated spot at second base. A third-round pick from Alabama in 2010, the righthanded hitter played short when Troy Tulowitzki was out and played second as well this season.

Rutledge is a career .259 hitter in parts of three seasons with the Rockies, but began his Rockies’ career in July 2012 with a hot streak, hitting .375 with 13 extra-base hits (five home runs, two triples and six doubles) in his first 18 games. At bat, he takes a quick, flat path to the ball and uses the whole field. He has good balance.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Colorado Springs (PCL) AAA .333 15 54 7 18 3 0 1 5 7 12 3 .413 .444
Colorado (NL) MAJ .269 105 309 44 83 16 7 4 33 20 83 2 .323 .405

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