Kansas City Royals infielder Whit Merrifield would be a perfect fit for the Colorado Rockies
Colorado natives (and, presumably, Colorado Rockies fans) have been researching Whit Merrifield more than any other player in baseball on Baseball-Reference this year so for those of you who have been or even for those who haven’t, here’s a brief synopsis of the numbers and his career.
Whit Merrifield has been the definition of reliable in the last 3.5 years as he has played in 469 straight games, which is, by far, the highest among active players. The last Kansas City Royals game he didn’t play in was on June 24, 2018 and because of that and a few other reasons, he is the classic player that the Colorado Rockies would love to have.
Merrifield, who turns 33 next month, has been a hit machine as he has either been the AL leader in hits or in third place in hits in each of the last four seasons. He also hits a lot of doubles, which would play out well at Coors Field. He doesn’t hit a lot of homers (19 is his career high) but he has led the AL in stolen bases in three of the last five seasons, including his 40 stolen bases in 2021.
Merrifield is also very versatile. He has primarily played second base (and the Rockies do need an infielder) but he also has played first base, third base, and all three outfield positions.
That could be useful for the Royals, though, because …