The Rockies need to find a way to keep 28-year old righty swinging SS Troy Tulowitzki in one piece in 2013. He only played in 47 games for the Rockies last year and he was 52 of 181 (.287 avg, .846 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 8 homers, 27 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He played in 47 games (all starts) at SS for the Rockies last year and he had 8 errors there while showing out of this world range. Tulowitzki has now played in 744 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 822 of 2,813 (.292 avg, .868 OPS) with 471 runs scored, 130 homers, 470 RBIs and 53 stolen bases. 27-year old lefty swinging Reid Brignac could win the backup job for the Rockies this spring. He played in 16 games for the Rays last year and he was 2 for 21 (.095 avg, .232 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Brignac has now played in 256 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 152 of 671 (.227 avg, .586 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 10 homers, 67 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Brignac played in 11 games (5 starts) at SS last year for the Rays and he had 1 error while showing out of this world range. 23-year old righty swinging Josh Rutledge could also fill in at SS if he’s not starting at 2B for the Rockies. He played in 57 games (56 starts) at SS for the Rockies last year and he had 11 errors while showing good range there. 23-year old righty swinging Charlie Culberson is a longshot to make the team this spring. He played in 6 games for the Giants last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 3 for 22 (.136 avg, .273 OPS) with 1 RBI. He also played in 121 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 125 of 476 (.263 avg, .719 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 12 homers, 65 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. 29-year old righty swinging Tommy Manzella will likely start this year in AAA-ball for the Rockies. He played in 91 games in AA+AAA-ball last year for the White Sox, Brewers and D-Backs in which he was 66 of 299 (.221 avg, .562 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 1 homer, 36 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He last played in the majors back in 2010 with the Astros. Manzella has now played in 90 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 59 of 263 (.224 avg, .528 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer and 21 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013: A