Colorado Rockies: Top Five Shortstops in Franchise History

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 30: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies looks on from the on-deck circle against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at O.co Coliseum on June 30, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 30: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies looks on from the on-deck circle against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at O.co Coliseum on June 30, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – MAY 22: Clint Barmes #12 of the Colorado Rockies runs to first base after hitting the ball during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 22, 2010. The Rockies defeated the Royals 3-0. (Photo by John Williamson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – MAY 22: Clint Barmes #12 of the Colorado Rockies runs to first base after hitting the ball during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 22, 2010. The Rockies defeated the Royals 3-0. (Photo by John Williamson/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Shortstop has been one of the strongest positions in Colorado Rockies’ history.

Particularly in the last decade, shortstop has been one of the strongest positions for the Colorado Rockies. They also have had four players be the primary shortstop for four or more seasons, which is the only such case for an offensive position.

There also have only been nine players that have played the most games for the Rockies in a season, which is the second-lowest of any offensive position, with first base being the lowest with seven. You can also take at some of those other lists here.

Let’s dive into the list of the top five shortstops in Colorado Rockies history.

Number 5: Clint Barmes (4.5 fWAR, 9.3 bWAR, parts of eight seasons as a Rockie)

Clint Barmes only spent two of those eight seasons were spent as the Rockies’ primary shortstop. However, about 41 percent of his bWAR with the Rockies was in those two seasons.

In 2005, in 81 games, Barmes hit .289/.330/.434 with an OPS+ of 90 and 12 DRS.

In 2006, he played in 131 games but he got worse at the plate as he hit .220/.264/.335 with an OPS+ of 47. However, his 25 DRS helped him in the WAR department, particularly with Baseball-Reference.

Due to that poor offensive season, though, the Rockies replaced him at shortstop with someone else later on the list. He mainly played second base for the Rockies, thereafter, which is the reason why he is fifth on this list, and not higher. He was also on the top five list for second base.

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