By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 10, 2010
Alabama shortstop Josh Rutledge doesn’t have one skill that stands out above the others, but what he does have is a durable frame and the indications that he may have offensive growth in store. Rutledge is a very quiet hitter, which means his swing and approach don’t have many moving parts. He has a sense for letting pitches get to him and driving them back up the middle. When he enters professional baseball after college, he won’t be the most athletic, the fastest, or the flashiest athlete on the field. But he has a chance to be a very sound professional, who could help himself with occassional power, spray hitting, versatility and defense.
6-0, 185, SS
University of Alabama
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Modest height but strong features that appear to still be filling in.
STRENGTHS: Quiet and balanced offensive approach, strong hands and forearms, versatile defender.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks one premium tool or athleticism.
SUMMARY: Chance to be average offensive major league player with enough defensive versatility to warrant value. Very good organizational player could add value in right situation.
Overall Future Potential: 49
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