30-year old righty swinging Brad Hawpe will be the starting RF once again in 2010 for the Rockies. Hawpe played in 145 games for the Rockies last season and he was 143 of 501 (.285 avg, .903 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 23 homers and 86 RBIs. Expect Hawpe to at least put up the same numbers as he did in 2009 for the Rockies in 2010. He made 5 errors in 141 games in RF for the Rockies last season while showing poor range. He only had 4 assists in RF which is not too many.
30-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs will likely be Hawpe’s replacement late in games for defensive purposes. He played in 37 games in RF for the Rockies last season and he only made 1 error while showing poor range. He only had 1 assist in RF last season so he doesn’t really have the arm for the position.
27-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith could get some time in RF this season even though he didn’t play there at all in 2009.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2010: C+