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10/10/1984 (32 y, 4 m, 14 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 7, Overall: 7, Team: Colorado Rockies
$157.8M / 10 Years (2011 - 2020) + 1 Option Years
Tulowitzki will get some rest and sit out the first week of Grapefruit League games, Mike Nabors of MLB.com reports. (2/23/2017)
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Year in Review:
2008 could only be considered a very disappointing year for Troy Tulowitzki. He missed a considerable amount of time with separate quadriceps and hand injuries, and, due to the high expectations placed on him, was one of the bigger busts that season. Those who took a chance on him in 2009 were rewarded with the type of season he was expected to have in 2008. His .393 wOBA was second only to Hanley Ramirez among shortstops and he even managed to unexpectedly swipe 20 bags to go along with 32 home runs.
The Year Ahead:
While Tulowitzki will certainly be one of the best shortstops in fantasy baseball this season, you should not expect the same kind of stolen-base totals. He was caught stealing 11 times to go with his 20 successful steals. A 65% successful steal rate shouldn’t be good enough to give him the green light on a regular basis. At the plate, all signs are positive for the 25-year-old. He has become more selective at the plate, swinging at 2% fewer pitches outside the strike zone than in previous seasons and his strikeout rate is on a downward slope. As long as you’re aware of the stolen base issue, there’s no reason Tulowitzki shouldn’t be one of the first three shortstops selected in all fantasy leagues. (David Appelman)
After returning from a stint on the disabled list, Tulowitzki was perhaps the best player in baseball in the second half of 2010. He absolutely destroyed the National League down the stretch and finished the year with an epic September power surge. Perhaps most encouragingly, he hit for power while keeping the strikeouts in check, which is a combination that only truly great players can achieve. His top shelf power and ability to sustain high averages while playing a quality shortstop make him among the very best players in the game, and most of that value carries over to the fantasy side as well. The big question is health – he’s spent a lot of time on the DL during his career, and he’s had nagging problems with areas that can linger on. When he’s on the field, he performs at an elite level, but you may need to discount the amount of games you expect him to play in 2011. Even if he only starts 130 games, however, he’s still an elite player. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
40 home runs isn't out of the question if he stays healthy, and as a shortstop who also hits for average and steals some bases, he should be near the top of your draft board.
With another banner campaign, Tulowitzki has erased all doubts -- he is now the game’s top shortstop. He doesn’t steal bases like he once did, but he was efficient when he attempted to, and everything else is running on all cylinders. He was three home runs in 2010 away from three straight seasons with 30 home runs, and was just three percentage points in 2009 from three straight seasons with a .300 average. He upped his walks per strikeout, something that doesn’t appear to be a fluke, as he once again lowered his swinging strike percentage. Over the past three seasons, Tulowitzki’s wOBA and WAR are both top 10 marks in the game and easily tops among shortstops. Given the scarcity of good shortstops, Tulowitzki is a legit candidate for first pick in any draft. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Over the past three seasons, Tulowitzki has proven to be the cream of the crop at shortstop. If he isn’t one of the first few picks in your draft, he has fallen too far.
Tulowitzki had a slow start to the season by normal standards, but not by his own. After posting a sub-100 wRC+ in the first four April's of his career, Tulowitzki got off to a decent start for the second straight season. With that obstacle once again cleared, he seemed primed for a big season. He wasn't hitting for the same power, but he was striking out much less frequently, and it was too early in the season to say that his power numbers were going to become an issue. However, the real issue became another year with a major injury. In 2012, it was his left groin, but we have been down this road with Tulowitzki before. The star shortstop played in 155 games as a rookie, but has topped 140 in just two of the subsequent five seasons, averaging just 113 games a season during that time. And therein lies the gamble with Tulowitzki. If healthy, he should produce a .290 or better average, with 25-plus homers, 90-plus runs and RBI and enough steals to keep you happy, but his healthy is one might big "if." He's still worth a pick in the top three rounds, but you need to make sure you handcuff him with a decent starting option towards the back end of your draft. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Despite developing a frustrating habit of developing injuries -- be they short- or long-term in nature -- Tulowitzki remains at the top of the shortstop crop, and still merits a high draft pick. But be sure to have a decent plan B.
In five of the last seven seasons, Tulowitzki has hit at least 24 homers. In the other two, he didn't even reach double figures.The reason is that he can't stay on the field for a full campaign. In his seven seasons as a starter, Tulowitzki has averaged just 121 games. He has only played 150 or more games in a season twice, and the last time he did so was 2009. Health is a skill, and at this time, it is one in which Tulowitzki is lacking. Injuries have not only robbed him of his durability, but also his speed. Both his stolen base totals and speed score have dropped drastically. But there's one thing that Tulowitzki still does exceptionally well, and that is hit (he's not so bad at fielding either, actually). He is just one of six shortstops in the Integration Era (1947-present) to post multiple .400 wOBA seasons. He did this just last season, when he posted a .400 wOBA in 512 plate appearances. He should be just as good this season. Early in the offseason, Steamer projected Tulowitzki to post the fifth-best wOBA in the game, and easily the best among shortstops. Really the only question when you're evaluating Tulowitzki is whether or not you are willing to take the risk that he might not play the entire season. Because he probably won't.
The Quick Opinion:
Tulowitzki quietly put up an MVP-caliber season in 2013. Perhaps it would have been louder if he had been able to suit up for the whole season, but that was unfortunately not the case. How you value Tulowitzki depends entirely on your threshold for that ongoing health risk, as he is just not a safe bet to play 150 or more games in a single season.
The story hasn't changed much with Troy Tulowitzki. When he plays, he's one of the 10-15 best players in baseball. He has hall of fame talent. But whether the altitude is responsible for breaking his body down, or he's the baseball version of Glass Joe, or he doesn't want to push himself to play for the perpetual 70-win ballclub that the Rockies have been of late -- or some combination of those three -- the bottom line is that he's rarely on the field for a full season. You look at that, and you think to yourself that perhaps he isn't worth grabbing in the first round, or spending $40-plus on in your auction. And you wouldn't be wrong. But you might not be right either, as there simply aren't that many good shortstops out there. Last year, Tulowitzki only suited up for 91 games, but he still finished third among shortstops in home runs, ninth in runs scored and 11th in runs batted in. His batting average was easily number one. So even if he doesn't play a full season, and even if he isn't as red hot as he was last year -- when he probably would have walked away with the NL MVP trophy -- he's still going to keep you at the top of the pack at his position. The question becomes then can you afford to roster a backup shortstop who may never play? If you have a deep bench, and can do so, then going big for Tulowitzki is a no-brainer. If you can't, then you may have to ponder the situation some. Few fantasy seasons are won without a little luck. It's probably better to count on the luck that would be Tulowitzki staying healthy instead of hoping the shortstop you selected in the 16th round turns out to be a good player. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Troy Tulowitzki is rarely healthy for a full season, but he is capable of being so productive whenever he is on the field that it might not matter whether he plays a full season or not.
Even though he is in his 30's, Troy Tulowitzki is the type of player you can give a "pass" for one bad year. A bad year for him is still a better year than most shortstops, specifically from a power perspective. Going into next year as the Blue Jays shortstop should allow him for similarly high home run and RBI totals that we have come accustomed to while he was in Colorado. Unfortunately, speed is no longer part of his game. Shortstop is usually one of the positions you rely on for stolen bases and Tulo has stolen just one bag in each of the past three years. Tulo will most likely bounce back, but the issue that has always surrounded him, and will always surround him, is injuries. If you are drafting Tulo in the first three rounds, you are getting premier shortstop production but it will likely only be for around 130 games. If that is a premium you are wiling to pay for great production in limited games, then Tulo will be your man. The price he is at now is a big discount compared to where we usually have seen Tulowitzki, so a bounce back year with reasonable health would be a big value add. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
Tulo struggled last season and has always been injury prone. Even still, he has a huge ceiling, is in a great lineup, and has enough of a track record to give him a mulligan for his 2014 season.
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