One has to wonder if 35-year old lefty swinging Todd Helton is near the end of the line or not. He has had back issues the last couple of seasons that have seemed to sap his power. He played in only 83 games for the Rockies last season and he was 79 for 299 (.264 avg, .779 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 7 homers and 29 RBIs. Helton has played in 1,661 games in his career with the Rockies and he has a .328 batting averaged with a 1.002 OPS. The Rockies are likely dreaming if they think he can put up numbers like that again. At least Helton is still a good defender as he only made 3 errors in 81 games for the Rockies last season.
If Helton misses a chunk of the 2009 season the Rockies can either shift Garrett Atkins to 1B and play Ian Stewart at 3B, or, they could played Joe Koshansky at 1B and leave Atkins at 3B. 26-year old lefty swinging Joe Koshansky played in 18 games for the Rockies last season and he was 8 for 38 (.211 avg, .776 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. Koshansky only made 1 error in 11 games at 1B last season but he’s not known for his defense. He also played in 122 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 137 for 457 (.300 avg, .980 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 31 homers and 121 RBIs. Garrett Atkins played in 61 games at 1B and he made 6 errors so he is probably the weakest defensive option for the Rockies.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C+