Thursday, April 21, 2011

Rockies Player Rankings: 4-21-11

Welcome to the first installment of my Rockies player rankings in 2011. I think I did about 4 or 5 of these last year at various points in the season. Usually on off days when there's little else to talk about. I plan on doing it a little more often this year. Every 18-20 games or so. 

Everything is taken into consideration -- offense, defense, pitching, clutchness, baserunning, consistency, awareness, intelligence. No stats involved. Just my personal evaluation and opinions.

This first list will include all 28 players that have taken an at-bat or thrown a pitch for the Rockies this season. As we move along, players that haven't been with the big club during the most recent period of time will likely be excluded.

For the record. This was an extremely difficult list to make for all the right reasons. I remember at times last year ranking the top 3-4 and then struggling to find another guy playing well. Right now several Rockies are playing well, and deciding who belongs where has been difficult.

Alright, enough of the intro... without any further ado...
  1. Troy Tulowitzki
  2. Jhoulys Chacin
  3. Seth Smith
  4. Chris Iannetta
  5. Huston Street
  6. Jonathan Herrera
  7. Jorge De La Rosa
  8. Todd Helton
  9. Dexter Fowler
  10. Matt Lindstrom
  11. Matt Belisle
  12. Ty Wigginton
  13. Matt Reynolds
  14. Rafael Betancourt
  15. Carlos Gonzalez
  16. Jason Hammel
  17. Jose Morales
  18. Greg Reynolds
  19. Franklin Morales
  20. Clayton Mortensen
  21. Jose Lopez
  22. Ryan Spilborghs
  23. Jason Giambi
  24. Ubaldo Jimenez
  25. Esmil Rogers
  26. Felipe Paulino
  27. Ian Stewart
  28. Alan Johnson


David Martin said...

These lists are incredibly hard to make...that said, I think Esmil Rogers needs to be a little higher on the list. Two really good outings out on the road...they may have been poor opponents, but he has done a good job besides the SF outing.

Blake said...

I would put Johnson ahead of Stewart. Johnson at least kept us out of big innings against Chicago. Stewart has been a rally killer in all of his at bats. Especially a no one out, runners on 1st and 2nd pop-up to the Cubs first baseman. That basically put the kabosh on that inning.

Mark Townsend said...

When evaluating Esmil, I think the fact that he's been stuck in the same pattern in his starts last year, during the spring and then this season made it difficult for me to put him ahead of some established but struggling Rockies. I think he stands a good chance to move way up the list as we go.

Good point on Johnson. I still felt like Stewart was playing enough defense to not be listed last, but I can understand why many would put him there.

indyroxfan said...

Carlos Gonzalez between Rafael Betancourt and Jason Hammel, yikes! I only say that because every fantasy guy that knows I'm a Rockies fan gives me s**t for his lack of production. Trust me, there will be a time during the season where he will be the only one giving production. Nonetheless, it looks to be the type of season where it's worth watching all year, which is all you can ask for in any baseball team. Looking forward to it!