Colorado Rockies Position Preview: First Base


First base had a couple of different players at it throughout 2012, and I believe this is the year Tyler Colvin solidifies himself as the everyday first basemen. For those of you that read my posts, you would know I’m really confident in Colvin, and I was beyond happy to see him crushing the ball last year when he was given the chance. He was mainly playing because of the injuries to Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton, but with Cuddyer set to play right field, I think Helton is going to need to realize his time has run out.

May 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies infielder Todd Helton (17) in the dugout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

As for Helton, I still like the idea of him being on the team, but not necessarily him being the every player at first base. He can help Colvin out, and be a solid mentor for players to come in the future. It’ll be tough for Rockies fans to see a new face at first base, but it had to happen eventually. Helton has only played more than 124 games once in the past five years, and it’s clear that age has caught up to him and effected him. He was caught up in some trouble over the offseason with his DUI, and apologized multiple times for it, but I think it’s time the captain of the team and a future hall of famer becomes the backup.

And now for my man Colvin, I’ve already profiled him a couple times. I did a few weeks ago in my article talking about players to break out for the Rockies this year and make a name for themselves. If you haven’t learned about him yet, take a look at him there and you’ll find out why he’s one of my favorite players for the Rockies heading into 2013.