Colorado Rockies: A Mile High history of shortstops from Weiss to Story
The Colorado Rockies have implored many shortstops throughout their clubs history. From Walt Weiss in the nineties to Trevor Story today, and everyone in between, the position has been brought with talent.
Our friends over at SoDo Mojo, the FanSided site for the Seattle Mariners, recently looked in at the history of center fielders in the Mariners organization so, in a similar exercise, we have decided to look at the history at some positions for the Rockies. First off will be shortstop.
Twenty-two names have stepped through the hallowed walls of both Mile High Stadium and Coors Field, bringing with them their unique skillset. Some have merely window shopped, while others remain some of the best to grace the diamond in a Rockies uniform.
The inaugural season for Colorado was fun for the city of Denver. Baseball arrived with a vengeance and has become a staple of ‘LoDo.’ The teams’ first shortstop, Vinny Castilla, became a hero in Rockies lore, someone all fans came to love and adore throughout his many years in Denver.
The earlier days
Castilla was selected by the Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft, from the Atlanta Braves. It took a couple of years for Castilla to gain his footing in the majors. In 1995, in his second season in which he had been playing third base instead of shortstop and the clubs first playoff appearance in its short history, he slashed .309/.347/.564 with 32 home runs and 90 RBI. From then on in his Rockies career, Castilla became a monster.