The 2010 Colorado Rockies are not a team that has a ton of star caliber talent on their ballclub. What they do have is a rockpile of draftable fantasy players on their squad that you need to sort through before your draft. One position that looks particularly muddled is in the outfield, where the Rockies posses a lot of fast, young talent that is waiting to emerge. Here is what you need to know about the Rockies outfield heading into your draft.
Hawpe quietly had a very solid season last year by hitting 42 doubles, 23 home runs and 86 RBIs. At age 30 Hawpe has likely peaked and it is not reasonable to expect that his numbers this season will be any better than last year's numbers. Hawpe will likely see the most at-bats out of any of the outfielders so don't feel too bad if he is your third outfielder or a utility player off the bench on your squad.
The 24 year old is the favorite to get a starting spot in the outfield after a solid second half of 2009. Gonzalez came over in the deal that sent Matt Holliday to the A's before last season, so the Rockies are depending on him to fill the emerge as a top outfield talent. Expect Gonzalez to get his share of at bats and net about 20 home runs and 30 steals. He will be a good player this year, not a great one, so don't pounce on him too early.
Fowler certainly brings a lot of excitement to the Rockies lineup with a ton speed on the basepaths. Fowler will likely be the Rockies starting centerfielder and bat close to the top of the order. This means a lot of plate appearances and stolen bases for the 23 year old. At this point in his career, expect Fowler to be one dimensional offensively, but he still will be a great bench player on your roto team when you need some stolen bases.
Eric Young Jr.
Junior is likely the odd man out in the outfield mix, but he is still a good player to keep on your radar in case there is an injury to one of the starters. If he gets a chance to play, the man will flat out swipe some bases. In the minor leagues he totaled four seasons with over 45 stolen bases and even had an 87 stolen base season. Keep him on your watch list in roto leagues.
- Troy Tulowitzki (SS) - Last year he proved he is in the top tier of shortstops.
- Ubaldo Jimenez (SP) - He will be near the leaders in strikeouts and has also improved his control.
- Todd Helton (1B) - He can still hit, but there are a lot of other options at his position.
- Huston Street (RP) - Street will be a good value when Nathan and Rivera are off the board.
- Brad Hawpe (OF) - A decent outfielder that has likely peaked..
- Carlos Gonzalez (OF) - A 2010 breakthrough candidate.
- Jorge De La Rosa (SP) - A sixteen game winner that improved throughout the season.
- Clint Barmes (2B) - Showed some power at 2B, there are better options though.
- Chris Ianetta (C) - Needs to get the average up to see more playing time.
- Ian Stewart (3B) - Its hard to know where Stewart will fit in with the Melvin Mora signing.
- Jason Hammel (SP) - Had some good starts, but gives up a lot of hits.
- Jeff Francis (SP) - An injury risk that likely won't return to form until next season.
- Dexter Fowler (OF) - Too bad you don't get fantasy points for excitement.
- Eric Young (OF) - Keep an eye on if he starts to make his way into the lineup.