Rockies Year in Review: Drew Stubbs


Here at Rox Pile, we are starting a player review for each and every player that suited up in a Colorado Rockies uniform this season. This series will be going all the way up until Dec. 16 with player profiles posted every day.

Today, we are featuring Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs.

After starting the 2015 campaign as a reserve outfielder for the Rockies, Stubbs ended up being getting cut by September. In a stroke of good fortune, Stubbs was then picked up by the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal and ended up making a difference for them as they pushed into the playoffs. Don’t get me wrong, Stubbs still couldn’t hit with the Rangers (.095 AVG in 27 games), but he played great defensive and ran the bases well late in games. Currently however, the 31 year-old center fielder is a free agent.

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Coming off a great year in 2014 with Colorado, Stubbs solidified himself as the Rockies 4th outfielder heading into the 2015 season. As a result of his stellar 2014 year, the Rockies signed Drew to a $5.825 million dollar contract to avoid arbitration. Things did not go as planned however; out of the gate Stubbs looked like a kindergartener trying to play wiffle ball with the teenagers down the street. By late may Drew got demoted to Triple-A, which opened the door for Brandon Barnes to become the Rockies primary reserve outfielder. Stubbs’ decline just proves that baseball is, for lack of a better term, really, really hard.  

Heading into 2016, there is a lot of speculation going on about the team trading one of its outfielders. If a trade doesn’t happen, I expect Barnes to once again fulfill the reserve outfielder role for the Rockies. As for Stubbs, he is still a great defensive outfielder that can run the base paths, I fully expect that he will be signed at some point to a minor league deal. Possible clubs that could use center field depth are the Cubs, Indians, Giants, and Mariners.

Next: Rox sign Motte, Qualls

Overall Grade: F