25 year old Willy Tavares will be the starting CF and likely leadoff hitter for the Rockies in 2007. He played in 149 games last season for the Houston Astros and he hit .278 with 83 runs scored, 1 homer, 30 RBIs, 33 stolen bases and a .672 OPS. He played 138 games in CF last season and he made 5 errors while showing above average range. Look for Tavares to hit around .300 and he’ll likely score around 100 runs and steal close to 40 bases for the Rockies in 2007.
42 year old lefty swinging Steve Finley has been signed to back up in centerfield for the Rockies. He played in 139 games last season for the San Francisco Giants and he hit .246 with 66 runs scored, 6 homers, 40 RBIs and a .714 OPS. Finley only made 1 error in 130 games in CF last season. Look for Finley to hit in the .260’s this season as the light air will keep him in the majors at least 1 more year.
27 year old lefty swinging Cory Sullivan had an off year last season and that’s why the Rockies brought in some new blood for CF. He played in 126 games last season and he hit .267 with 47 runs scored, 2 homers, 30 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and a .722 OPS. Sullivan played 114 games in CF and he only made 1 error while showing below average range. Look for the Rockies to trade Sullivan to a team that’s hard up for a centerfielder….like the Marlins for instance, for some pitching help.
28 year old Ryan Spilborghs did a decent job for the Rockies last season but he looks to be caught in a numbers game in the outfield. He played in 67 games for the Rockies last season and he hit .287 with 4 homers, 21 RBIs and a .768 OPS. Spilboroghs played 24 error-less games in CF for the Rockies but he showed below average range. Spilborghs will have a hard time making the Rockies due to the depth they have in the outfield. He could be trade bait or depth in the minors for the Rockies.
26 year old lefty swinging Jeff Salazar will likely start the season in AAA for the Rockies and get a call if he’s needed. He played in 19 games for the Rockies last season and he hit .283 with 1 homer, 8 RBIs, 2 stolen bases and a .824 OPS. He also played 14 error-less games in CF for the Rockies last season but he showed below average range.