Connor Joe could also see his fair share of time as a DH in 2022
Unlike Charlie Blackmon, Connor Joe was very good on defense for the Colorado Rockies in 2021. He had 6 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) in just 46 games in the field in 2021. The problem for Joe is that 2021 is, essentially, his entire MLB experience. Was that small sample size a fluke or can he continue being a great defender at multiple positions?
The same is with his offense. Among batters with more than 50 plate appearances in 2021, Joe’s 117 OPS+ was second-best on the team.
Joe showed some really good signs offensively that he should be their everyday left fielder in 2021 but it’s unclear whether or not he will be given an everyday assignment or not. He can also play right field, first base, and, in the minor leagues as recently as 2019, he has played 140+ games at third base in his career.
So, in essence, to get Joe everyday playing time, the Rockies could use him as a super-utility man. Two days a week at first base, two days a week in left field, two days a week in right field, and one day a week as DH. It’s also unclear whether or not they will want to move him around the diamond that much but it’s something the Rockies could consider.