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The Colorado Rockies have recently announced that former First Baseman, Franchise icon, and Future Hall of Famer Todd Helton’s jersey number (17), will be retired in a series against the Reds in august. Helton played all of his 17 (coincidently his jersey number) seasons with the club, and had an average slash line of .301/27/101 over a 162 game season. In his last game at Coors Field, against the Red Sox, he hit a homer, drove in a run with a single, and received numerous standing ovations from the crowd. All players and teams respected him as a player and person, and he had one of the sweetest left-handed strokes in the game. Think Ken Griffey Jr, but with some more power and pull potential. As a kid, he perfected his opposite-field swing by aiming for left field at home- because the family boat was on the right. One thing is for sure– Helton will always be a Rockie, he will always be lauded in Colorado, and he will never leave the hearts of fans all around.
In the times of rookies and stars, some underrated players may be ready to shine. Let’s take a look at the breakout candidates.
Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies- Highly touted as a prospect, Arenado was even better than expected as a rookie in 2013. He hit 10 homers, and put to rest any thoughts of moving to 1B. Becoming the 1st rookie in MLB history to win a 3B gold glove, he beat out perennial winners David Wright and Martin Prado. He also is underrated- most people selected Wright or Prado to play 3B in fantasy. This could be a great prospect to become the next Ryan Zimmerman.
Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres- As a power-hitting second baseman, Gyorko could follow the path of Dustin Pedroia. Gyorko had a slash line of .249/23/66 as a rookie last year, and that was with playing half of his games in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park. In the minors in 2012, he hit 30 homers and batted in 100 RBI’s. As Gyorko learns how to face major-league level pitchers, he could be among the likes of Jose Bautista and Chris Davis (in terms of power potential). Look for Gyorko to make a big statement this year.
A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks- Pollock was drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft and has been a machine for getting on base and getting into scoring position. A bit underrated for a while, in college summer ball he was a bench player- and won the “10th man award”. With a slash line of .269/8/38 in 2013 as a utility player, he offered some promise. Enough to be given the starting CF job for 2014. Pollock stole 36 bases in 2011 and 21 in 2012 (in the minors). Not unlike Jason Kipnis, he gets on base and then gets into scoring position, which is invaluable to a team. All in all, Pollock may have the best potential of all of these players.
The Colorado Rockies have not made the post season since 2009. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and now center fielder Carlos Gonzalez have been superstars when healthy yet both have battled injures and have not been able to Produce to there full ability. The Rockies haven’t had much protection for those two guys in recent years but last year there were some bright signs. Michael Cuddyer won the NL batting title having a great year at the plate and taking advantage of the great hitters advantage at cores field. Third basemen Nolan Arenado took home a gold glove in his Rookie year along with 10 homers at the plate. And pitcher Jorge Del Rosa won 16 games. The Rockies this offseason went out and made some key acquisitions. They brought in La Troy Hawkins, and Boone Logan to sharpen up the backend or the bullpen. They added Justin Morneau to play first base a lineup that allready has a lot of fire power playing in Corres field for 81 games. The Rockies fianl big move trading for pitcher Brett Anderson. Anderson when healthy is a top of the line starter He’s missed a lot of time if he stays healthy he fits perfectly with del rosa at the top of the roataion. If the Rockies stay healthy and win on the road they can make a serious run toward the postseason.