5. Todd Walker (2000-2001, fWAR 2.0)
In July of 2000, the Colorado Rockies traded Todd Sears and cash to the Minnesota Twins for Walker’s services. The LSU product responded by hitting .316 in 57 games for his new club. Walker only amassed 517 plate appearances for the Rockies, and never played a full season with the club. However, Walker made a big impact in his short stay.
Walker leads all Rockies second baseman in isolated power (.210) and average (.304). Todd is also the only Rockies second baseman to slug over .500. If we consider Fangraphs’ “weighted runs created plus” statistic, which controls for park and run environment, while also not treating all types of hits and times on base equally, Walker is the only Rockies second baseman that scores above league average.
Obviously Mr. Walker’s tenure in Colorado was short, so short in fact he only qualified for our list by 17 plate appearances, but he was perhaps the best power hitting second baseman the Rockies have ever had.
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