Matt Holliday explodes on the scene for the Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 5 March 2007 at 11:42 pm

27 year old Matt Holliday finally got his chance to start every day and he ran with it last season.  He played in 155 games and he hit .326 with 119 runs scored, 34 homers, 114 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and a .973 OPS.  He’s not quite as swift with a glove in his hands as he made 6 errors in 153 games and showed below average range.  This is just the tip of the iceberg for Holliday as a hitter as he likely can even be a better hitter in he can cut down on his strikeouts a little bit.  He will put up MVP type numbers this season but he’ll be penalized for playing his home games at Coors Field.

28 year old lefty swinging Alexis Gomez will have a shot to make the team in Spring Training.  He played in 62 games last season for the Detroit Tigers and he hit .272 with a .707 OPS.  Gomez hit a big homer in the playoffs last season so he can handle pressure if the Rockies are playing in big games at the end of the season.  Gomez played in 32 games in left field last season and he didn’t make an error while showing outstanding range.  He also can handle CF. 

36 year old lefty swinging John Mabry will try to make the team as a reserve 1B and OF.  He played in 107 games last season for the Chicago Cubs and he only hit .205 with 5 homers, 25 RBIs and a .607 OPS.  He played 5 games in LF last season and didn’t make an error.  Mabry has a decent chance to make the Rockies because he’s been a good pinch hitter in his past.

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