After moving outfielders around in 2011, the Rockies appear ready to give 25-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez the starting gig in RF. Gonzalez played in 145 games for the Rockies last season and he was 197 of 587 (.336 avg, .974 OPS) with 111 runs scored, 34 homers, 117 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. Gonzalez led the N.L. in both hits (197) and batting average (.336) last season for the Rockies. He also finished in 3rd place in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award last fall. This might be the season that Gonzalez gets that MVP. He didn’t have any errors in 40 games in RF last season for the Rockies while showing awful range there. He did have 2 assists while playing RF as he showed off a strong arm. Look for Gonzalez to improve defensively in 2011 as he can now concentrate on one position.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES RF IN 2011: A+