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Timeout for a little baseball

We’re ready for football season, but baseball season is going on, and we thought you might like a short update on a couple of players making noise recently.

Wade LeBlanc has spent much of the year in the Miami Marlins’ minor league system, although he recently won a promotion to the big club as a reliever. A starter his whole career until now, he has worked in seven games, compiling 10.1 innings, eight hits, one walk and no runs. Left-handers who can get guys out while pitching in relief are extremely valuable in the majors, and if LeBlanc can do it, he could carve out a nice, long career.

LeBlanc was drafted by San Diego before being traded in the off-season for catcher John Baker.

Because of injuries, the Colorado Rockies have promoted shortstop Josh Rutledge to the big club. He has taken advantage of the opportunity with a .375 batting average and .708 slugging percentage. In seven games, he has four doubles and two triples.

Here are some highlights of Rutledge from early this season when he played for the Tulsa Drillers, which is Colorado’s Class Double-A team:

Josh Rutledge highlights from Tulsa

Alabama well-represented in MLB draft

There were four starters, two singees and … wait for it … a football player with UA ties taken in the first two rounds of the MLB draft.

Read more about in in Wednesday’s print editions, but the football player was Justin Woodall — the defensive back who was drafted by the Mets coming out of high school who chose to play football with the Tide instead of pursuing his baseball career.

Until now, I guess.

He was taken in the 26th round by the Tampa Bays Rays.

Here is the rest of the Alabama players/signees taken so far:

Round (overall pick), name, pos., team
1. (35th) Matt Lipka SS, Atlanta Braves*
2. (65th) Jimmy Nelson RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
2. (66th) Reggie Golden OF, Chicago Cubs*
5. (157th) John Mugarian RHP, Cincinnati Reds*
10. (308th) Ross Wilson 2B, San Diego Padres
15. (471st) Jake Smith 3B,  Philadelphia Phillies
20. (613rd) Tyler White RHP, Detroit Tigers

* Signee.