29-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilboroghs has waited a long time to be an everyday player but his time appears to be ready to take over in CF for the Rockies. Spilboroghs played in 89 games for the Rockies in 2008 and he was 73 for 233 (.313 avg, .875 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 6 homers, 36 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He didn’t make any errors in 17 games in CF last season for the Rockies while showing poor range. Spilboroghs will also be the leadoff hitter for the Rockies and the expectation is that he will play well for them in 2009.
23-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez was one of the players the Rockies received for Matt Holliday. He played in 85 games for the A’s last year and he was 73 for 302 (.242 avg, .633 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 4 homers, 26 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He only made 2 errors in 69 games in CF for the A’s last season while showing outstanding range. He has a really nice upside for the future.
23-year old switch hitting Dexter Fowler is the #1 rated prospect in the Rockies’ organization according to Baseball America. He played in 13 games for the Rockies last season and he was 4 for 26 (.154 avg, .339 OPS) with 3 runs scored. Fowler also played in 108 games in AA-ball last year and he was 141 for 421 (.335 avg, .946 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 9 homers, 64 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He didn’t make any errors in 9 games in CF with the Rockies last season while showing poor range. Like Gonzalez, Fowler has a big time upside.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B