It’s too bad that 26-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki missed so many games to injury last season because he played the best ball of his career in 2010. Tulowitzki played in 122 games for the Rockies last season and he was 148 for 470 (.315 avg, .949 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 27 homers, 95 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He almost carried the Rockies to the playoffs due to a monster September. Tulowitzki is averaging 98.0 runs scored, 27.7 homers, 95.3 RBIs and 12.7 stolen bases per year when he plays in over 122 games in a year (he’s done it three times). This could be the year that Tulowitzki wins the MVP Award in the N.L. if he can just stay healthy. Tulowitzki made 10 errors in 122 games at SS last season while showing out of this world range. He is probably the best all around shortstop in all of baseball right now.
33-year old switch hitting Alfredo Amezaga will likely back up Tulo in 2011 as long as he proves he’s healthy this spring. Amezaga played in 1 game in AA-ball last season and he was 2 for 2 (1.000 avg, 2.000 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He was rehabbing from a knee surgery almost all of the 2010 season. He has played in 544 games in the majors over 8 years and he has a .251 batting average with a .652 OPS. Amezaga can play anywhere but 1B in the infield and anywhere in the outfield so he would bring nice versatility to the Rockies’ roster if the makes the team out of spring training.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES SHORTSTOPS IN 2011: A+++++++++++++