28-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith and 31-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs will be platooning in LF for the Rockies in 2011. Smith will get the call against right starting pitchers. Smith played in 133 games for the Rockies last season and he was 88 of 358 (.246 avg, .783 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 17 homers, 52 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Smith has a .271 career batting average with a .834 OPS in his first four years in the majors, so look for him to rebound with the bat in 2011. Smith had 2 errors and 3 assists in 71 games in LF last season for the Rockies while showing off pretty good range. If Smith could handle lefty pitching a little better, he would probably be a star.
Ryan Spilborghs will likely draw starts against lefty pitchers in 2011. He played in 134 games for the Rockies last season and he was 95 of 341 (.279 avg, .797 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 10 homers, 39 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Spilborghs had 1 error in 46 games in LF last season for the Rockies but he showed awful range. He also had 2 assists, so he has a decent throwing arm. Spilborghs and Smith should make a pretty productive platoon for the Rockies in LF in 2011.
25-year old switch hitting Eric Young will back these guys up in 2011. Young played in 51 games for the Rockies last season and he was 42 of 172 (.244 avg, .597 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 8 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Young played in 10 games in LF for the Rockies last season and he had 1 error while showing pretty awful range there. Young has the speed to be an asset for the Rockies in 2011 if he gets P.T. and hits better.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES LF IN 2011: B