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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Colorado Rockies

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Colorado Rockies

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1 Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
2 Miguel Olivo, C, Colorado Rockies
3 Todd Helton, 1B, Colorado Rockies
4 Ian Stewart, 2B/3B, Colorado Rockies
5 Clint Barmes, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies
6 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
7 Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies
8 Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
9 Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado Rockies
10 Jason Hammel, SP, Colorado Rockies
11 Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado Rockies
12 Aaron Cook, SP, Colorado Rockies
13 Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Colorado Rockies
14 Manuel Corpas, RP, Colorado Rockies
15 Franklin Morales, RP, Colorado Rockies
16 Rafael Betancourt, RP, Colorado Rockies
17 Huston Street, RP, Colorado Rockies

Chris Iannetta, C, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
293377011372.239.365.396.761

Chris Iannetta could hit close to 20 dingers, but he'll have to contend with Miguel Olivo for PT. His average should return to previous levels (around .250) if he receives some BABIP justice; a flyball jump for an up-and-coming Coors Field dweller shouldn't be ignored. Even with his reps threatened, Iannetta should be a solid profit opportunity if you wait for a midrange starting mixed catcher.


Miguel Olivo, C, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Miguel Olivo's HR/FB skyrocketed to an abnormal level. It's tough to see him keeping up that pace, even if his home park is Coors Field; he'll be on the short end of playing time. His power won't disappear completely, but he doesn't know how to draw a walk and has trouble making contact. He could probably pass as a starter in NL leagues but is best suited as a No. 2 everywhere.


Todd Helton, 1B, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Helton reclaimed some of his past stature with a solid .325-15-86 line last year. The back problems that sapped his strength in 2008 appeared over. Still, that's about the peak you can expect from him. If anything, a regression should be expect, making him worth investing only if price is low.


Ian Stewart, 2B/3B, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Ian Stewart's power is climbing, and he's taking steps to focus on making more contact. He'll need to improve against lefties to bolster his clip. Those who take this detriment into account could place 30-homer potential at a corner or middle infield spot; Stewart steals enough bags to offset some of his batting average pain. Expect his multipositional eligibility to drive his middle-round price tag up.


Clint Barmes, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
19013433150.226.264.321.585

Clint Barmes struck out more and made less contact than in previous years. His HR/FB and isolated power both went up, though. It's tough to think he can rebound in batting average; his batting eye is consistently subpar. You don't have to risk much to get him, but any gain is likely going to be miniscule. Beware his dual eligibility adding a few bucks to his deep-league price tag.


Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4967815028935.302.379.538.917

The power is real, but Troy Tulowitzki's high HR/FB (fueled by post-break hotness) should come back down. Twenty steals isn't guaranteed, but he's aiming to remain involved on the basepaths. Tulowitzki's position defines his elite price. Beware: It'll be hard for him to match what he'll cost, especially with his streakiness and the risk of his steals dropping.


Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
46074118114717.257.357.402.759

Lack of experience didn't hurt the speedster that much. Dexter Fowler showed remarkable patience for someone that skipped Triple-A ball; considering 2009 was essentially that stage, we should be encouraged. Fowler's stolen base reliability has already arrived; a batting eye improvement and an effort to keep the ball on the ground will aid his clip growth. The late-rounder should return considerable profit.


Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
50687149289024.294.364.543.907

Carlos Gonzalez learned how to take a pitch in Colorado and saw his power jump, somewhat earlier than expected. His high line-drive rate and BABIP are on shaky ground, especially with his iffy batting eye; can he succeed consistently against lefties? He's an expensive 20-20 threat - high risk, potentially high (but likely moderate) reward for 2010.


Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Brad Hawpe has seen his homers and flyball percentage drop in each of the last two seasons; last second half, his lift drastically faded. He's on the downswing of his prime years; how much longer can Hawpe prop up his struggles versus southpaws? He's in No. 4 outfielder territory for mixed; expecting 2007 numbers at this point will do you in.


Jason Hammel, SP, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
501091085241824.291.37

The right-handed Jason Hammel is very interesting low-dollar bid choice in NL and very deep mixed formats. Hammel deserves more attention than he receives with patterns for K/BB and incorporation of Colorado's grounder-inducing philosophy. Latter increases chances of resolving home woes - it showed after break. Only red flag: nearly 100-inning jump for 27-year-old.


Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10016115969601123.861.36

Optimism from Jorge De La Rosa's improved control in second half mitigated by demons in September. Southpaw showed soft improvement in several areas for two seasons. However, batted-ball tendencies and inconsistency - to put it kindly - say to proceed with caution. Room for more growth, but how much more? Not enough to merit reaching into first dozen mixed rounds.


Aaron Cook, SP, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Multiple injuries, perhaps most notably to back and shoulder, marred Aaron Cook's season a bit, but control of 2008 appears to be outlier. Groundballs remain Cook's key to success. Little downside, but no upside. Right-hander is just filling out your NL rotation, with hope for contribution in W's to offset hit in WHIP.


Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
10017516879751664.061.39

Ubaldo Jimenez's incredible advances in command and dominance made up foundation for breakthrough season. Groundball efficiency ensures minimal damage from long ball. Making habit of quality hit rate against, too. Only concern: slide in BB/9 after huge gain. No. 2 or No. 3 mixed starter is fair; it's probably unsafe to pay for even more growth, with possibility for slight regression.


Manuel Corpas, RP, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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It'd be a mistake to view Manuel Corpas' 2009 as part of negative trend. Corpas remains a dark horse for saves at some point because of great BB/9. Handicapped arsenal likely contributed to increased frequency of hits allowed. Surgery removed bone chips from elbow, offseason velocity reportedly back to normal. Worthwhile NL end-gamer.


Franklin Morales, RP, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
8014012962581263.991.34

Franklin Morales, a southpaw, is the likely first choice for saves with Huston Street likely on the DL to start the season. He has decent strikeout potential. Showed no improvement in BB/9, though, and grounder trend bothersome. Skills don't suggest Morales can be successful for long stretches. Only worth a low- to no-risk bid.


Rafael Betancourt, RP, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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00000000.000.00

A new home and increased velocity helped Rafael Betancourt return to his 2007 form. The righty is the best backup saves option behind closer Huston Street, but this situation is stable. Betancourt can be rented during mixed seasons but is a bigger help to NL-only drafters and leagues that value setup men.


Huston Street, RP, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
33054441915533.171.09

Coors Field still haunts Huston Street a bit, and some flyball concerns remain, but adjustments made last year appeared to help him with his control. Though his high command rate looks fluky, he displayed similar levels in the recent past. Though a bum shoulder starting him on the DL, Street remains an acceptable No. 2 closer in mixed that you can probably grab on the cheap. He can perform as a No. 1 when healthy.