Tulo Not So Fast
Okay so I am sure a lot of you have read on the Net different trade rumors regarding home grown Colorado Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki. Are these rumors real and possible? Yes, but there is a Big But! When you think about it Tulo is a home grown franchise player. If I say to you the Colorado Rockies the first player you would most likely think of is Troy Tulowitzki. Under the right circumstances I could see the Rockies trading Tulo and the Cardinals are a great fit for such a trade.
They have a strong deep farm system with a lot of young players pretty much ready now, they could include one maybe even two young starting pitchers in a package.
But make no mistake for the Rockies to consider a trade from anyone for Tulo it will be a heavy cost in terms of players going to the Rocky Mountain time zone. Tulo who just turned 29 is in the prime of his career is an elite talent and at shortstop to boot. Throw in the fact a team acquiring him can feel good about the fact that Tulo is under team control until 2021. The problem with Tulo is not his performance but staying on the field in terms of games played. Since becoming a full time player in 2007, in Tulo’s 7 year career he has broken 140 games played only 3 times (last year only appeared in 126 games). Continue reading
Shelby Miller had Cardinal fans salivating at the mouth during his minor league stint. The 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft won numerous awards and was ranked the Cardinals top prospect for most of his time down there. Nothing has changed since Shelby has been promoted to Saint Louis. He has impressed time and time again this season and it is now seriously time to take a look at this guy being a front of the rotation starter.
Sure, Shelby Miller has always been projected to be a frontend guy in the rotation, but did we honestly expect him to be this good right out of the gate?
The guy is still only 22 years old and not even a year of big league experience under his belt, yet he is mowing down lineups left and right. Take a look at his last start; the guy threw a complete game one hitter with 13 strike outs and no walks. Sounds like some “ace” stuff to me. He did it against the Rockies too, which is nothing to sneeze at as they are one of the top ranked offensive teams thus far in the early going. Taking a closer look, Miller has beaten the Giants, Nationals, Rockies, and the Brewers twice. Continue reading
Already, there are four Rockies with at least four homeruns, Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, Wilin Rosario, and Troy Tulowitzki, who has five. The production from Gonzalez and Tulowitzki was expected, and they may finally be meeting their expectations. Tulo has driven in sixteen while already drawing eight walks. Gonzalez leads the team in average, as his .371 batting average is fifth in the national league.
However, it is the two other players that have been the talk of South Pearl Street.
Michael Cuddyer is finally in the limelight, after years of quality production being overshadowed by Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in Minnesota, and previously the egos of CarGo and Tulo. The former third baseman is hitting .357 with eight extra base hits. There is not a sabermetric that can show “experts” how Cuddyer has indirectly been the team’s X-factor. Like the Rockies, Cuddyer has been the real deal. Continue reading