This season the Colorado Rockies rock. They can flat out hit, leading the league in batting average, runs scored, homeruns, and slugging percentage through the first 42 games. While playing in hitter friendly Coors Field, they bring back memories of the pre-humidor days. Here is a look at the key players who have started this power surge in Denver.
When fully healthy, Tulowitzki is the best offensive shortstop in baseball and an MVP caliber player. The only issue is keeping him on the field for an entire season. This year through the first month and a half, Tulowitzki is a bonafide MVP candidate. He not only leads the NL with 11 homeruns, but he leads with a .389 batting average and 97 total bases as well. Having this powerful bat in the lineup every day gives the Rockies an instant game-changer.
Entering this season, Charlie Blackmon had never played more than half of a season in the MLB. Over the last three years he has bounced from the majors to the minors. This season the outfielder has fully arrived. He is in the top ten in homeruns, batting average, and stolen bases. In Blackmon, the Rockies have a whole new dimension at the top of the order.
Debuting last season Nolan Arenado showed that he may have the best third-base glove in baseball by making incredible plays each night and winning a Gold Glove. This season he may prove to have the best bat at third as well as he is on pace to win a Silver Slugger, too. Fresh off a league high 28 game hitting streak, Arenado has shown great maturity at the plate. He has batted over .300 all season while driving in 26 runs and a team high 15 doubles. At just 23 years old, he is clearly a player that the team can build around.
A Pair of Twins
In signing Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau over the last few years, the Rockies have gambled on players who many thought were past their primes. However, the former Twins have shown they have plenty left in the tank. Before and injury Cuddyer has continued to remain the same hitter he has been for years. He is set to return by the end of May adding another forceful bat to the potent lineup. Morneau has played better than ever since being signed by the Rockies this off-season. Once an MVP with the Twins, his bat has returned this season. He currently ranks in the top ten in average, homeruns, and RBIs in the National League, and he has helped ease the blow of losing franchise legend Todd Helton at first.
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