Colorado Rockies Countdown: Top Five Shortstops
5. Juan Uribe (2001-2003, fWAR 0.2)
A Rockies’ homegrown product, the seemingly ageless Juan Uribe is currently in his 16th season in the Major Leagues. Uribe signed with Colorado as an international free agent in 1997 and would make his Major League debut only four years later. In his rookie season, Uribe would play 72 games while batting .300.
In his first full season with the club, Uribe wouldn’t come close to matching his rookie season output batting a meager .240 while also leading the team in errors. In response, the club tested Uribe in center field but ultimately returned him to shortstop. Juan would last only one more in Colorado. At age 38, Uribe is still in the league and has spent time with seven different organizations. In that time, Uribe has only managed to hit for .300 or more twice in his career but has managed to slug 20-plus homer runs on four different occasions.
With a fWAR of 0.2, it’s obvious that Uribe is your typical average big leaguer. When Uribe was with the Rockies, the club was losing a lot of games and there is no wonder why he has moved between organizations with some frequency. On the defensive side of the ball, Uribe is the lowest on our list with .971 fielding percentage and second lowest with .258 average.
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