Jackson Rutledge

23-Year-Old PitcherP
Washington Nationals A+
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jackson Rutledge in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a $3.45 million contract with the Nationals in June of 2019.
Added to 40-man roster
PWashington Nationals  A+
November 15, 2022
Rutledge was added to the Nationals' 40-man roster Tuesday, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
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At his very best, the No. 17 overall pick from the 2019 draft looks completely dominant, but injuries and poor control have really limited Rutledge's development. He made 20 starts last season at Single-A as a 23-year-old -- a level at which he made six starts in 2019 -- so if anything Rutledge has regressed in recent years. Given his lack of refinement or upper-level experience, it may make sense to eventually develop the 6-foot-8 righty as a reliever.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A 6-foot-8, 250-pound righty from the junior college ranks, Rutledge's ability to hit triple digits with his fastball while possessing a wipeout slider got him drafted in the first round in 2019 and his $3.45 million bonus was a record for a JUCO draftee. At the alternate site, he worked on repeating his delivery, which is huge for any tall pitcher with long levers. Rutledge is exceedingly tall for a starting pitcher, so developing adequate command will be critical for him to stick as a starter. He also worked a lot on his changeup this past summer, which will be a big pitch for him when it comes to neutralizing lefties. Rutledge has not pitched above Low-A, but he will spend the bulk of his age-22 season in the upper levels. GM Mike Rizzo hasn't been shy about trading away pitching prospects, but the team has leaked to the media that Rutledge and 2020 first-rounder Cade Cavalli are off limits.
The Nationals awarded Rutledge the largest signing bonus ever ($3.45 million) for a junior-college player after selecting him with the 17th overall pick. The previous record belonged to Nate Pearson, and Rutledge has a similarly high ceiling as a power righty. He has a mid-to-high-90s fastball, a plus slider and his curveball and changeup show above-average potential. It took him a couple outings to get his footing in pro ball, but he logged a 2.10 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 36:12 K:BB in 34.1 innings over his final eight appearances, primarily at Low-A. At 6-foot-8, Rutledge's command is his biggest weakness, but he has the stuff to be successful even with a high walk rate -- he held Sally League hitters to a .151 average and did not surrender a home run in any of his six Low-A starts. If he throws enough strikes, Rutledge could develop into a high-strikeout No. 2 starter.
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Debuting at Single-A
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May 5, 2022
Rutledge (biceps) will make his season debut at Single-A Fredericksburg on Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Working through biceps soreness
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Biceps
April 6, 2022
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said last week that Rutledge has been slowed by biceps soreness during spring training, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Returns from IL
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September 6, 2021
Rutledge (finger) made his return from Low-A Fredericksburg's 7-day injured list Aug. 31 and started Thursday for the affiliate, working 1.1 innings while giving up six runs (four earned) on four hits and one walk.
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Suffers setback with blister
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Finger
August 11, 2021
Low-A Fredericksburg returned Rutledge (finger) to the 7-day injured list Wednesday after he suffered a recurrence of a blister on his pitching hand during his start Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Out with blister
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Finger
August 3, 2021
Rutledge is on the 7-day injured list with Low-A Fredericksburg with a blister, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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