The Bad: Ian Desmond
95 G, 7 HR, 40 RBI, .274/.326/.375, .701 OPS
The Rockies spent a lot of money on Ian Desmond over the offseason. Adding Desmond’s bat to an already deadly lineup looked to be the piece that could make the Rockies a playoff team. After all, Colorado made the playoffs but it wasn’t because of Desmond’s contributions.
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The three-time Silver Slugger winner was a big disappointment for the team. His time in Colorado got off to a bad start after suffering a fractured hand due to getting hit by a pitch in Spring Training. Desmond didn’t play his first game in a Rockies uniform until April 30. He then had a two home run game on May 3, and looked to be on track for a good year. Although, the power numbers never came. Desmond would only go on to hit five more long balls the rest of the year. That includes only hitting two at Coors Field in 47 games.
As the year went on Desmond also battled leg injuries. Hopefully for the Rockies, next year Desmond can stay healthy and get on track out the gates. He never seemed to find a comfort level at Coors Field, an oddity for a hitter of his caliber.
However, Desmond’s struggles and injuries opened the door for another Rockies player…