Originally written August 03, 2012 on The Baseball Page:
Rookies Wilin Rosario and Josh Rutledge could be foundational pieces for the Colorado Rockies. Rosario has had his detractors regarding his defense but his 17 homers and serviceable batting average (.243) give him the look of the long-sought-after answer behind the plate, at least offensively. If he can maintain his average with his less-than-stellar defense of the strike zone, he's going to hit 20-plus homers annually with 60-70 RBI with good health. His catching skills will take time to develop but with Rosario's work ethic, they should and if they do, his value is even greater as a backstop. Rutledge, still fresh out of the box, has continued to hit the ball hard, for extra bases (13 in 18 games), and has accelerated his evolution as a batter. He was strong but not dominant at Double-A and has made the major leagues look like spring training. He's going to slump and struggle like all players but right now, his talent is showing at a high level. Rutledge profiles to me...
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