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Jim Tracy acknowledged this weekend that Tyler Colvin has earned more playing time thanks to his scorching play for the Colorado Rockies. His best opportunity for doing so comes in place not of Carlos Gonzalez or Michael Cuddyer but of Dexter Fowler, who once again has struggled to take the next step in his offensive development.
The constant tinkering, whiffing and regressing from the formerly top-rated prospect has encountered are finally getting to skip, who gave glowing reviews of Colvin. The lefty stick acquired this past winter from the Chicago Cubs has posted a 31.1 percent strikeout rate, when compared to his 3.3 percent walk rate should make you cringe. That .432 BABIP screams regression, too.
Colvin's power has been an asset for some time, but is he learning how to succeed versus southpaws? His sample size of 15 at-bats versus them shows he's putting the ball in play more often, enough that over the long term he could at least stay afloat against them. His established preference of facing righty hurlers says that any step forward against his same-handed foes could produce a breakthrough.
He seems to be going the other way with more effectiveness, as well. Colvin hits plenty of liners, as well, so high BABIPs wouldn't be out of the ordinary for him.
Especially with his new bout with blurred vision after being hit by a throw, Fowler's mixed-league value is melting. Even if he maintains duty versus left-handers, that still puts him in the minority, and his bat's holes don't seem to be closing despite a late-2011 revelation.
Colvin climbs into dual-universe discussions, especially for those with deep outfield lineup requirements. Increased reps in a hitter's paradise for a growing 26-year-old warrant your attention.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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