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Friday, February 24, 2006

Talkin' Tulo

From Mayo's Mailbag at (hat tip to reader Rhonda):
What can we expect from Omar Quintanilla and Luis A. Gonzalez this year? And what is the future of second base for the Rockies? Could Clint Barmes ultimately end up there with Troy Tulowitzki replacing him as the Rockies long-term shortstop? -- Galen, Minnesota

Yes, to the second question. I think Troy Tulowitzki will be their shortstop before the season's over. At the very least, he'll be there Opening Day 2007. And he's a shortstop. Barmes is probably going to have to move. The Rockies have so much depth there, he's going to be looking over his shoulder a bit. ... You can never have too much help up the middle and they've certainly stockpiled there. I do see a scenario for next year at the latest where Tulowitzki plays short and Barmes plays second.

posted on 2/24/2006 by Jeff Agnew

From today's Ask BA: In terms of future production at the major league level, how significant will the difference be between Justin Upton's production and Troy Tulowitzki's production? Upton is the better prospect, and both will be playing in hitter-friendly ballparks, albeit with an advantage for Tulowitzki, but I don't think the difference will be very significant. Outside of a stolen-base advantage, I think Tulowitzki will be nearly as valuable to the Rockies as Upton will be to the Diamondbacks, with Tulowitzki being potentially more valuable to Colorado due to the weaker supporting cast.

Jake Freehling
Bartlett, Ill.

We ranked Upton No. 2 and Tulowitzki No. 25 on the Top 100, and I think readers perceive that we believe that's a major difference. It's really not. They're both elite prospects. I think Upton will a superstar and Tulowitzki will be a star, and I'd take Upton in a second if I had my choice. But in terms of actual numbers, there shouldn't be a huge difference. Coors Field will help narrow the gap for Tulowitzki, too.

In a typical major league park, when they're in their primes, I can see Upton hitting .300 with 30-35 homers annually, compared to .280 with 20-25 homers for Tulowitzki. Upton probably will draw a few more walks and he's much more of a basestealing threat than Tulowitzki, who's a better defender. He's a lock to stay at shortstop, while Upton stands a good chance of becoming a center fielder.

If you look at each player's relative worth to his team, Tulowitzki might stick out more compared to his lesser supporting cast than Upton will in Arizona, which has the best group of up-and-coming position players that I can remember. The Diamondbacks have six hitters ranking from No. 2 to No. 32 on the Top 100. But while evaluating prospects, that's not really a consideration. I care about the guy's talent, not about the talent around him.
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