Top 5 players to play for the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds

DENVER - OCTOBER 14: Jeremy Affeldt #41 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Coors Field on October 14, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1 to take a 3-0 series lead. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER - OCTOBER 14: Jeremy Affeldt #41 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Coors Field on October 14, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1 to take a 3-0 series lead. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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3. Jeffrey Hammonds

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Top prospect Jeffrey Hammonds was supposed to take the league by storm. However, 13 years and a lot of injuries later, Hammonds retired with only three full seasons as a starter in the league.

While he would see his career summed up to a “what could have been,” his time with the Reds and Rockies was a snapshot of his realized potential.

His full season in Cincinnati was the second-best of his career, especially when compared to his other seasons with 100+ games.

His best season, by far, was in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies. Hammonds was so good that he earned his one and only appearance in the All-Star Game. He would finish the year with the fourth-highest batting average in the National League at .335.

Hammonds was almost the early 2000s version of Troy Tulowitzki, a player with so much potential that is stunted by injuries. His years in Cincinnati and Colorado were snapshots of a career that could have been. I hope an appearance on this list is in somewhat a small solace in service of a career that could have been.

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