The Colorado Rockies are now on the verge of entering a golden era. Armed with a top farm system and young talent, the Rockies are primed for sustained success.
Before we look at where the Rockies are headed, let’s take a look at where they’ve been. Rox Pile has evaluated every position on the diamond with only right field remaining. Right field is perhaps only of the Rockies best all-time positions in terms of the depth and talent that has been consistent at the position.
To compile our rankings, Rox Pile used Fangraphs‘ list for career Wins Above Replacement (fWAR), which serves as a great guideline for positional players. The fWAR statistic allows one to evaluate a player’s contribution over time with a specific team. Therefore, fWAR allows us to completely negate what a player has done in their career while not wearing the purple and black.
Also as a general rule, this list consists of players that have at least 500 plate appearances with the club. The 500 PA rule approximates to about 1.5 years of service time and gives a large enough sample size for accurate evaluation. As an added stipulation, the players on our list needed to have played a majority of their innings in the field at the position being evaluated.
Luckily, the “majority rule” doesn’t exclude any player from this list who would have been on it otherwise. Without further ado, here is Rox Pile’s list of the top-five right fielders to ever sport purple pinstripes. Let us know in the comments section what you think!