Rockies open up competition at shortstop position

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 28 February 2007 at 3:54 pm

28 year old Clint Barmes had an off year last season and now he will have to battle for the starting job.  He played in 131 games and hit only .220 with 7 homers, 56 RBIs and a .598 OPS.  Barmes showed very good range at shortstop but he made 18 errors.  He will need to make less errors and get his hitting stroke back to keep the starting job at SS for the Rockies.

23 year old Troy Tulowitzki will be the main competition for Barmes for the starting job at SS this season.  He played in 104 games in the minors and he hit .291 with 75 runs scored, 13 homers, 61 RBIs and a .843 OPS.  He came up late in the season for the Rockies and played in 25 games hitting .240 with a .609 OPS.  He showed great range at SS in 25 games for the Rockies and he only made 2 errors.  But, he has made 30 errors in 126 minor league games.  I still think Barmes is going to be the starting SS for the Rockies unless Tulowitzki has an awesome Spring.

25 year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla is the long shot to win the starting job for the Rockies.  He played in 82 AAA games last season and he hit .276 with 48 runs scored, 4 homers, 29 RBIs and a .745 OPS.  He played in 11 games for the Rockies last season and he hit .176 with a .508 OPS.  He played in 8 games at shortstop and he didn’t make an error while showing great range.

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