The Colorado Rockies went into Spring Training in 2019 knowing their young infielders would have to step up to fill the void at second base left after DJ LeMahieu’s departure. Luckily, their second baseman were easily the team’s best players during the Spring.
The only question now is this: Which one of them won the starting job for the Colorado Rockies?
Much has been made about the spring Ryan McMahon had, and deservedly do. McMahon was named the team’s MVP during spring ball and its not hard to see why. He hit .439 with three home runs, 14 RBI, nine doubles, and a 1.266 OPS going into Monday’s action. McMahon also has the benefit of hitting two of the biggest home runs of the season in 2018 in back-to-back games against the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Ironically, Garrett Hampson was also among the Rockies’ top performers this spring. Though his average is lower at .286, he showed off his speed with seven stolen bases, tying for the Spring Training lead across MLB. He also demonstrated surprising power, hitting a club-high four home runs (tied with Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Pat Valaika) while driving in nine.
Though he struggled last season and will begin 2019 at Triple-A, Valaika also had a standout spring, hitting .286 with 13 RBI to go along with his four home runs.
Below, the guys at Blake Street Ball analyzed the Rockies’ second base situation and gave their opinions on who they believe won the starting role in 2019 and what happens to whoever misses out on that job:
Regardless of who Rockies manager Bud Black decides to go with, this spring was encouraging, not just for the future of the second base position, but for the future of the entire Colorado Rockies organization.