Colorado Rockies: Top Five Right Fielders in Franchise History

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Larry Walker speak to the media after being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2020 on January 22, 2020 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Cooperstown, NY. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 22: Larry Walker speak to the media after being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2020 on January 22, 2020 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Cooperstown, NY. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 7-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on September 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 7-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Number 3: Carlos Gonzalez (23.7 bWAR, 25.2 fWAR, parts of ten seasons as a Rockie)

Carlos Gonzalez was a Rockies for parts of ten seasons but he was primary right fielder for the last four. He did play a combined 99 games in right field in the previous six seasons.

In the four seasons as primary right fielder, though, they were his worst four full seasons as a Rockie. He compiled a bWAR of 5.3 and an fWAR of 7.2 in that span and he hit .278/.336/.487 with an OPS of 104.

For comparison, from 2009-2013 (he only played 70 games in 2014 due to injury), he hit .307/.368/.552 with an OPS+ of 131 and a bWAR of 16.9 and an fWAR of 18.4.

I really could have him as low as four or as high as two on this list so I decided to split the difference and go with him at three.

Number 2: Dante Bichette (4.8 bWAR, 6.7 fWAR, seven seasons as a Rockie)

Dante Bichette is another player that WAR is not a fan of and it’s because he didn’t walk a lot and he wasn’t good defensively.

He was the Rockies’ primary right fielder in 1993-1994 and 1996 but he also played in right field periodically in other seasons. As the primary right fielder, he compiled an fWAR of 5.2 and a bWAR of 4.7.

In those three seasons, he was an All-Star twice and ranked in 14th and 20th in MVP voting and he had an OPS+ of 113. His best season was in 1996 when he hit 31 home runs, 141 RBI, 198 hits, 114 runs, 31 stolen bases, and a slash line of .313/.359/.531.

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