29-year old righty swinging 3B Garrett Atkins will be the starting 3B for the Rockies again in 2009. He played in 155 games for the Rockies last season and he was 175 for 611 (.286 avg, .780 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 21 homers and 99 RBIs. Atkins made 9 errors in 94 games at 3B last season for the Rockies while showing good range. He could shift over to 1B if Todd Helton has more problems with his back in 2009.
Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes and Jeff Baker could get some P.T. at 3B in 2009. Stewart played in 65 games at 3B last season for the Rockies and he made 10 errors while showing good range. Barmes played in 13 games for the Rockies at 3B while making one error and showing poor range. He is a natural shortstop. Baker played 9 error-free games at 3B last season for the Rockies while showing outstanding range. All three of these guys are pretty good hitters leaving the Rockies in great shape at the hot corner for 2009.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B+