27-year old righty swinging Troy Tulowitzki is probably the best all-around shortstop in all of baseball. He played in 143 games for the Rockies last year and he was 162 of 537 (.302 avg, .916 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 697 games in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 770 of 2,632 (.293 avg, .869 OPS) with 438 runs scored, 122 homers, 443 RBIs and 51 stolen bases. Tulowitzki only had 6 errors in 140 games at SS for the Rockies last year while showing out of this world range. Look for Tulowitzki to be in the running for the N.L. MVP Award in 2012 as long as he can stay healthy.
25-year old righty swinging Thomas Field comes into this season as the Rockies’ #27 prospect according to Baseball America. Field played in 16 games for the Rockies last year and he was 13 of 48 (.271 avg, .585 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. He also played in 134 games in AA-ball last year and he was 128 of 472 (.271 avg, .795 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Field only had 1 error in 15 games at SS for the Rockies last year while showing out of this world range. Field is with the wrong organization at the wrong time with Troy Tulowitzki in front of him.
31-year old righty swinging Brendan Harris will try to work his way back to the show in 2012 with the Rockies. He played in 136 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 116 of 516 (.225 avg, .613 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 10 homers, 50 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Harris last played in the majors back in 2010 with the Twins. He has now played in 485 games in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 412 of 1,587 (.260 avg, .701 OPS) with 194 runs scored, 29 homers, 158 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2012: A+++++++++++++++++