Are the Colorado Rockies nearly the worst at every position?

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 29: Kris Bryant #23 of the Colorado Rockies prepares for a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 29, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 29: Kris Bryant #23 of the Colorado Rockies prepares for a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 29, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Brendan Rodgers of the Colorado Rockies
CINCINNATI, OH – JUNE 11: Brendan Rodgers #7 of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a run during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 11, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Colorado 11-5. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Second base is another area where FanGraphs was too harsh on the Colorado Rockies

Brendan Rodgers has been injured and it was his first full season in 2021 but is he better than Andrés Giménez for Cleveland and others directly ahead of him on their list? Yes. Maybe even in the 15-20 range but not 24th.

Third base with Ryan McMahon (and a few others) being at 23rd is insane. As Rockies fans well know, defensively, he was actually better than Nolan Arenado in 2021. The bat needs some development but he is, roughly, a league-average bat. Coupled together and that means he (and the Rockies) should be higher than 23rd.

Left field may be the most egregious. For a couple of years now, left field has been the barren wasteland of “let’s stick a guy who isn’t very good out there” for the entire sport. That’s why Jesse Winker was named the best left fielder in baseball by MLB Network when he has never played more than 113 games in a major league season.

More eloquently put, as Kevin Goldstein of FanGraphs said in 2021, left field is “something of an island of misfit toys” and “a bit of a dumping ground on big-league rosters.”

Former third baseman now turned full-time left fielder Kris Bryant (and a few others) are projected to be 28th in the sport in left field? After he was second (second!) in fWAR among left fielders in 2021? He may not play like the best or second-best left fielder in baseball but third-worst? You must be kidding.

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