You might not know a lot about Troy Tulowitzki. I didn’t before a few months ago. The more I learn, the more I like this guy. He is a big leaguer to say the least. The Colorado Rockies shortstop, for several years now, has proven that he has what it takes to be an elite infielder in the major leagues. He might be potentially one of the top four or five in all of baseball when he is healthy and all things are going well. That was the case in 2011.
Tulowitzki enjoyed a career year in 2011 that seemed to be the start of the boom years for him. Tulo, as he is called by his teammates, had one of those years you dream about. He was an All-star, gold glove winner, silver slugger winner and eighth in MVP voting. One key stat that lets you see how dangerous of a batter he was in that season is his intentional walks. Five was his career high before that and he had averaged around four per season. In 2011 he was intentionally walked 12 times. Then 2012 hit and he went down with an injury.
It couldn’t have come at a worse time for he or the Rockies. Now, in camp and proving every day that he is healthy, Tulowitzki is showing signs that he has something to prove. It must be an unwritten rule that when a career’s momentum is broken like his was last year; some expect a struggle to regain that form. Sometimes that turns out to be correct and sometimes the player never reaches that level again. That won’t be the case with Tulowitzki.
He is hitting for a good strong average and getting on base quite regularly. Most importantly he is showing the same hustle that he normally would show. There appears to be no hesitation at all in his steps. As his timing gets completely back to normal at the plate, expect Tulowitzki to enjoy a season at least as good as that of the 2011 year. Everyone is pulling for him and I seriously doubt he will let anyone down.