It appears as if 24-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez will be the starter in LF for the Rockies in 2010. Gonzalez played in 89 games for the Rockies last season and he was 79 of 278 (.284 avg, .878 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 13 homers, 29 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. The Rockies think that Gonzalez could develop into a 30/30 man as early as 2010 for them. Gonzalez didn’t make any errors in 47 games in LF last season while showing good range. He had 2 assists from LF last season as he has a decent throwing arm.
27-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith got a lot of action in LF last season for the Rockies. Smith played in 133 games for the Rockies last year and he was 98 of 335 (.293 avg, .889 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Smith only made 1 error in 86 games in LF last season while showing slightly above average range. He does have a good throwing arm as he had 4 assists in LF last season.
30-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs can also handle LF. He played in 65 games in LF for the Rockies last season and he only made 1 error while showing slightly above average range there. He also had 5 assists in LF last season for the Rockies so he has a good throwing arm. He can also play CF and RF which makes him very valuable to the Rockies.
38-year old righty swinging Melvin Mora could get some P.T. in LF for the Rockies in 2010. He hasn’t played in LF in a long time and he’s getting up there in age so it’s doubtful that he would even be a average defender in LF in 2010.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2010: B