24-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a bad year in 2008 for the Rockies. He played in 101 games for the Rockies last season and he was 99 for 377 (.263 avg, .733 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers and 46 RBIs. He didn’t let his problems at the plate follow him into the field however as he only made 8 errors in 101 games at shortstop last season while showing out of this world range. The Rockies are hoping for another year like 2007 out of Tulowitzki in which he played in 155 games for the Rockies and he was 177 for 609 (.291 avg, .838 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 24 homers, 99 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.
Clint Barmes played in 36 games at shortstop last season for the Rockies and he made only 3 errors while showing outstanding range. He could easily fill in at shortstop for Tulowitzki and do a good job. But, he might also be the starting 2B for the Rockies in 2009. Omar Quintanilla could also fill in at shortstop if the need for the Rockies arised. He played in 39 games at shortstop for the Rockies last season and he made 3 errors while showing average range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A-