The Rockies talked to some free agent 2B this winter before deciding to stay with 30-year old righty swinging Clint Barmes as the starter. He played in 154 games for the Rockies last season and he was 135 for 550 (.245 avg, .734 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 23 homers, 76 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Barmes has a lot of punch in his bat for a 2B and the Rockies love that. He is a converted shortstop so he has excellent range at 2B. He made 12 errors there in 139 games for the Rockies last season. Look for him to have a solid 2010 for the Rockies.
28-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla will have to battle Eric Young if he wants to backup Barmes this season. He played in 58 games for the Rockies last season and he was 10 for 58 (.172 avg, .480 OPS) with 7 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Quintanilla has never been much of a hitter as his career norms are a .220 batting average with a .567 OPS. Quintanilla only made 1 error in 25 games at 2B for the Rockies last season while showing out of this world range.
24-year old switch hitting Eric Young is a player on the rise in the Rockies’ minor league system. He played in 30 games for the Rockies last season and he was 14 for 57 (.246 avg, .611 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Young has amazing speed as he has stole 302 bases in his six years in the minors (50.3 avg. per year). Young also played in 119 games in AAA last season and he was 141 for 472 (.299 avg, .817 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 7 homers, 43 RBIs and 57 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: B