Colorado Rockies: What are the 25 best seasons by Rockies aged 25 or under?

DENVER, CO - JULY 16: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after a ninth inning solo homer against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on July 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 16: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after a ninth inning solo homer against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on July 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Kyle Freeland of the Colorado Rockies
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on September 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

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1) Kyle Freeland’s 2018 (Age 25 season)

Considering that Kyle Freeland had this season in a year that the Rockies made it to the playoffs (and also made it to the Division Series for just the fourth time in franchise history), there was really no competition for the number one spot.

Freeland went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA in 33 starts. In 202 1/3 innings, he had a 166 ERA+, a 3.67 FIP, and he allowed an average of 8.1 hits, 0.8 home runs, 3.1 walks, and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings. In the regular season, the opposing batters hit .240/.308/.358 and he had a WAR of 8.2. He fared even better in the second half of the season as in his final 13 starts, he went 9-1 with an ERA of 2.20.

For Rockies single-season records for any pitcher, Freeland’s 2.85 ERA is second, 17 wins is second,  winning percentage is 10th, WHIP is 7th, 8th in hits allowed per nine innings, and ERA+ was second

By WAR as well, it really wasn’t a competition for number one. The second-highest WAR by a Rockie aged 25 or under was Troy Tulowitzki at 6.8.

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In fact, outside of Todd Helton’s 2000 and 2004 season and Larry Walker’s 1997 season that won him the MVP, this is the best single-season that a Rockies player has ever had. It is the best pitching season a Rockie has ever had so that’s part of why Freeland tops this list.

What do you think of our list? Did we forget a season or think you’d change the order up? Let us know either in the comment section or on social media pages.

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