Colorado Rockies Countdown: Top Five Right Fielders
3. Brad Hawpe (2004-2010, fWAR 3.7)
Finally, a player that spent more than one season in Denver. Armed with one of the most unorthodox swings you will ever see, Brad Hawpe provided much of the offensive power that propelled the Rockies to two playoff appearances during the last decade.
Through 2006 to 2009, Hawpe consistently provided an on-base percentage of over .380, 22 or more home runs and collecting over 80 RBIs each season. Hawpe was finally awarded for consistently by being selected to his one and only All-Star Game in 2009.
A Fort Worth native, Brad would play his college ball at LSU, where he would win a College World Series in 2000. Following the championship run in 2000, Hawpe was drafted in the 11th round by Colorado later that year. Hawpe would climb the Rockies farm system quickly, earning two minor league All-Star appearances and claiming a Carolina League Most Valuable Player award along the way.
In seven years with the club, Hawpe hit for a .280 average to go along with 118 home runs and 464 RBIs. After his 2009 All-Star season, Hawpe didn’t last much longer in the Majors. During the 2010 season, the Rockies would release Hawpe and then after bouncing around with a few organizations and not breaking the big leagues again, Hawpe called it quits in 2013.