The Colorado Rockies are expecting 26-year old switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler to step up in 2012. Fowler played in 125 games for the Rockies last year and he was 128 of 481 (.266 avg, .796 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 5 homers, 45 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He has now played in 405 games in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 361 of 1,379 (.262 avg, .767 OPS) with 233 runs scored, 15 homers, 115 RBIs and 52 stolen bases. Fowler had 6 assists and 8 errors in 122 games in CF for the Rockies last year and he showed good range.
26-year old switch-hitting Eric Young will likely be the Rockies’ top backup in CF in 2012. Young played in 77 games for the Rockies last year and he was 49 of 198 (.247 avg, .640 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 0 homers, 10 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. He has now played in 158 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 105 of 427 (.246 avg, .619 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 1 homer, 19 RBIs and 48 stolen bases. Young played in 5 games in CF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there.
Carlos Gonzalez and Tyler Colvin could also see some time in 2012 for the Rockies. Gonzalez played in 30 games in CF last year for the Rockies and he had 3 assists and 0 errors while showing poor range there. Colvin played in 8 error-free games for the Cubs last year.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2012: B-