Rutledge Keeps Rolling With Rockies
Shortstop Josh Rutledge
played well at Double-A Tulsa and better still for the Rockies after they promoted him at the all-star break to play regularly with Troy Tulowitzki injured. Rutledge hit .306/.338/.508 at Tulsa with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs in 346 at-bats. He was hitting .329/.347/.581 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in his first 167 big league at-bats. Rutledge, 23, has quick hands that produce a short stroke and the ability to make adjustments during an at-bat. He's willing to use the entire field. The 2010 third-round pick out of Alabama showed his athleticism and range at shortstop for the Rockies. At Tulsa, Rutledge got experience at second base, which is where he will play when Tulowitzki returns.
Righthander Christian Bergman
was the California League pitcher of the year after winning the honor in the Northwest League in 2011. At high Class A Modesto, he went 16-5, 3.65 with 37 walks, 121 strikeouts and 161 hits in 163 innings.
Bergman, 24, tied for the most wins in the minors. He attacks the strike zone and pitches to both sides of the plate. Bergman's 88-91 mph fastball is average, but he throws strikes consistently, has movement on all his pitches and has a strong changeup.
Keep An Eye On:
The Rockies are having more luck with Harold Riggins
than his former North Carolina State teammate, Russell Wilson. Wilson has become the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback; Riggins, a 2011 seventh-round pick, hit .302/.388/.546 at low Class A Asheville wiht 19 home runs and provides excellent defense at first base. Already 22, he could be pushed aggressively to Tulsa in 2013.
• Righthander Rob Scahill
, 25, reached the big leagues for the first time. He was recalled after going 9-11, 5.68 in 29 starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs with 74 walks and 159 strikeouts in 152 innings.
• Four Rockies affiliates made the playoffs: Tulsa, Modesto, Asheville and Rookie-level Grand Junction.