Every now and then a special player comes along and blows up Major League Baseball with his offensive stats at the shortstop position. I’m sure a few names pop to mind that have been great offensive shortstops in the past or present like Barry Larkin or Derek Jeter. The man I’m talking about is quite a bit younger than both of those guys. I’m talking about Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
After three seasons when he could have won the MVP with a few more votes, Tulowitzki was injured early during the 2012 season and it messed up his whole season. Eventually he went on the disabled list and never returned. Now he is out to show the Rockies and their fans that he is healthy and ready to regain his form from 2009-2011.
His spring hasn’t been about stats, it’s been about health. People want to know how healthy he is and if he is going to be ready to go full throttle. I’ll tell you this right now. With the way he has been playing lately all over the diamond and on offense as well, there is little doubt that Tulowitzki is going to be ready. I’d be looking for a return to an average over .300, twenty-five to thirty plus homers and 100 RBI. If the Rockies win some games, he could once again be in the top five vote getters for MVP.