It’s a battle royal for the starting 2B job on the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 7 March 2009 at 3:14 pm

The Rockies have five players battling for the 2B job this spring. Clint Barmes played the most games of this bunch at 2B last season for the Rockies. The 30-year old righty swinging Barmes played in 107 games overall for the Rockies last season and he was 114 for 393 (.290 avg, .790 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He is a natural shortstop both shows average range while making 6 errors in 61 games there.

27-year old righty swinging Jeff Baker also played quite a few games at 2B last season for the Rockies. He played in 104 games for the Rockies last season and he was 80 for 299 (.268 avg, .790 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers, 48 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Despite not being a natural 2B, Baker showed average range while only making 4 errors there. If the Rockies need power out of the 2B position then Baker will be the pick to start.

23-year old lefty swinging Ian Stewart is one of the better young players on the Rockies and he will also get a chance to start at 2B. He’s a natural 3B but with Garrett Atkins entrenched there the Rockies are looking for a way to get Stewart into the lineup. He played in 81 games for the Rockies last season and he was 69 for 266 (.259 avg, .804 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 10 homers and 41 RBIs. Stewart showed good range in 12 games at 2B for the Rockies last season while only making 1 error.

27-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla used to be a top prospect but he’s never turned that into success in the majors. He played in 81 games for the Rockies last season and he was 50 for 210 (.238 avg, .636 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 2 homers and 15 RBIs. Quintanilla only made 1 error last season in 40 games at 2B last season but he showed below average range. Look for him to be a utility man in 2009 if he makes the roster out of spring training.

24-year old switch hitting Jonathan Herrera will also compete in spring training at 2B. He played in 28 games for the Rockies last season and he was 14 for 61 (.230 avg, .556 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 3 RBIs. In 21 games at 2B for the Rockies last season he showed outstanding range but made 2 errors. Herrera also played in 66 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 70 for 226 (.310 avg, .748 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 3 homers, 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C

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