CHARLIE BLACKMON: 2016 GRADE A (fWAR 3.9)
When it comes to center fielders, there a few better than Charlie Blackmon. According to Fangraphs’ offensive performance metric, there is only one center-fielder more talented at the plate than Charlie, and that guy happens to be two-time AL MVP Mike Trout.
In 2016 Charlie was ranked first among MLB center fielders in average (.324) and slugging (.552) while ranking second with 29 home runs and 111 runs. Clearly, Blackmon has established himself as an elite Major League center fielder. The fact that Blackmon won a Silver Slugger and was NOT elected to the All-Star Game in 2016 is a great shame. The only knock against Blackmon is that while his offense is elite, his defensive is average. that being said, Blackmon isn’t going to lose you a game defensively.
Much like Cargo, Blackmon has been the subject of swirling trade rumors over recent years. Heading into 2017, Blackmon appears primed to once again be the cornerstone to the Rockies offense. Reflecting back on the talent that the Rockies are currently sporting, it’s very difficult to not get excited over their potential in 2017.