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The toughest call on the entire list was whether or not these two deserved the No. 1 spot. I sure wouldn’t argue if anyone were to make that case.
Carlos Gonzalez is one of the most purely talented players in the game, reminiscent of Beltran in his prime. The numbers this season have reflected that; his 17 home runs, 42 RBI and .313 batting average are proof of his incredible abilities as a hitter.
The scary thing is that he’s not even the best hitter on his own team. That distinction belongs to Troy Tulowitzki, the sweet-swinging, slick-fielding shortstop for the Rockies. His numbers make Gonzalez look mortal.
A line of 15 home runs, 48 RBI and a .349 average is a fantastic full season for most shortstops. Not Tulowitzki, though. Not when he’s at his healthy best. We’ve always said that if he could only stay on the field, he would be a perennial MVP candidate.
We were right. Tulowitzki is a hitting machine.
Oh, and for anyone trying to make the silly inflation argument because of the ballpark at which they play? Don’t bother. They’ve done their thing both home and away this season, via David Schoenfield of ESPN.com. These two will ensure that the Rockies will be heard from late in the season.