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: