36-year old lefty swinging Todd Helton will be the starting 1B for the Rockies again in 2010. They hope his backs holds up because his bat returned last season. He played in 151 games for the Rockies last season and he was 177 for 544 (.325 avg, .905 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 15 homers and 86 RBIs. Helton appears to have lost some of the power from his swing but he is still a huge asset for the Rockies. He is still a good defensive player too as he only made 3 errors in 149 games at 1B for the Rockies last season.
39-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi will be Helton’s back-up and a often used pinch-hitter in 2010. Giambi played in 19 games for the Rockies last season and he was 7 for 24 (.292 avg, 1.035 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 11 RBIs. Overall, though his 2009 season wasn’t that great. He played in 102 games with the Rockies & A’s last season and he was 59 for 293 (.201 avg, .725 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 13 homers and 51 RBIs. I think Giambi will be a asset for the Rockies off the bench in 2010.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2010: A-