Colorado Rockies: Top Five Right Fielders in Franchise History
Number 5: Michael Cuddyer (4.3 bWAR, 5.1 fWAR, three seasons as a Rockie)
You can make a great case for Michael Cuddyer to not be on this list given that he only had one season in which he played in more than 101 games with the Rockies after signing a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Rockies due to injuries.
However, that one season was a phenomenal season. He won the NL batting title, was an All-Star, came in 20th in MVP voting, and won a Silver Slugger Award.
He played well in the other two seasons but it’s the middle season (2013) that gets him on this list.
Number 4: Brad Hawpe (5.1 bWAR, 3.7 fWAR, part of seven seasons as a Rockie)
This is an instance where WAR is not the be-all, end-all. WAR doesn’t like Brad Hawpe because he was not a good defender (both sites have him in the negative 60s in Defensive Runs Saved for his career).
However, at the plate, Hawpe was one of the better offensive players in the lineups that he was in as a Rockie. At the plate as a Rockie, he hit .280/.374/.492 with an OPS+ of 116. His best two seasons were in seasons that the Rockies went to the playoffs as in 2007, he came in 24th in NL MVP voting, and in 2009, he was an All-Star for the first and only time in his career and he came in 28th in NL MVP voting.
Interestingly, the only person to ever play more games in right field as a Rockie was Larry Walker, who will obviously see an appearance later.