Josh Fuentes would hit sixth and play first base for the Rockies in their perfect lineup.
Fuentes broke out in 2020 when he hit .306/.320/.439 with an OPS+ of 90. However, the peripheral stats seem to indicate that Fuentes was a beneficiary of some very good luck.
For example, his BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) was a staggering .406, when league average is around .300. Additionally, he had a wOBAcon of .432 when the league average is .370, his barrel rate was only 1.4 percent (league average is 6.4 percent), his hard-hit percentage was 23.9 (league average is 34.9), his average exit velocity was 84 MPH (league average is 88.4), and his launch angle was 10.6 degrees (11.9 is league average).
In 2021, first off, he needs to be more patient at the plate. His chase rate was a staggering 38.8 percent (league average was 28.2 percent) and he only walked twice in the season. Twice. That’s it.
Defensively, he was the Rockies second-best player (behind his cousin) with a mind-boggling 9 Defensive Runs Saved in just 30 games played. That’s the best defensive numbers that the Rockies have had at first base since Todd Helton.
His bat will need to keep developing as over a 162-game season, those peripheral stats will catch up to the overall results that he had but considering the Rockies’ current options, he will likely be their everyday first baseman regardless.