Colorado Rockies: Projecting the Opening Day lineup 2.0

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays flies out in the third inning of their MLB game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre on September 30, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays flies out in the third inning of their MLB game against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre on September 30, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /
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C.J. Cron, Colorado Rockies
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the top of the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

4) Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron

C.J. Cron was, far and away, the best bat the Colorado Rockies had in 2021. He had 28 homers, 92 RBI, a slash line of .281/.375/.530 with an OPS+ of 130.

He hit best in the 5th spot in 2021 (.309/.360/.610 slash line in 70 games) so he could slide down to the fifth spot but right now, that spot belongs to …

5) Colorado Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers

If Colorado Rockies 2B Brendan Rodgers can stay healthy for the full season, he could be the key piece for the offense to improve to the level it needs to be at in 2022.

He only played in 102 games in the majors in 2021 but he hit .284/.328/.470 with 15 homers and 51 RBI. That’s a 162-game pace of 24 homers and 81 RBI. That’s what they need out of him (or even more) out of the five spot.

6) Colorado Rockies designated hitter Connor Joe

Connor Joe will see plenty of time as a DH, at first base, left field, and right field in 2022 but offensively, he has always been a high on-base guy. He had an on-base percentage of .379 in 63 games in the majors for the Colorado Rockies in 2021.

In his career in the minors, he has a .379 OBP as well. He will hit for some power but his strongest tool is getting on-base.

By hitting sixth, he can essentially get on-base for whichever power hitter is behind him.

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