Rutledge in elite company with fast start

Rutledge in elite company with fast start

DENVER -- Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge is in elite company among Major League rookies.

Rutledge, who homered in four straight games going into Friday night against the Giants, had 52 total bases in 18 games since being called up just after the All-Star break. Only the Angels' Mike Trout and the Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes have more among rookies since the break.

According the Elias Sports Bureau, Rutledge is the first rookie with at least 50 total bases in his first 18 Major League games since Alvin Davis had 50 for Seattle from April 11-May 1, 1984.

Rutledge has joined catcher Wilin Rosario and third baseman Jordan Pacheco to give the Rockies the most rookie RBIs -- 87 -- among National League teams. The Athletics, with 100 RBIs from rookies, lead the Majors.