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9/5/1985 (31 y, 6 m, 24 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 13, Overall: 13, Team: Chicago Cubs
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
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Colvin's rookie season ended early when he was impaled by a teammate's broken bat but the injury is not expected to have a long-term affect on his playing ability. Unfortunately for fans of the outfielder, he does not currently project to be a full-time player in 2011. Colvin should see time at all three outfield spots, and should still see steady playing time. He'll likely be the first player into the lineup if any of the starters are injured or ineffective. Chicago is also likely looking for someone to take Kosuke Fukudome off their hands. If he does get significant playing time, Colvin is still not a great fantasy option. His low walk rates and high strikeout rates suggest a low batting average (.240-.260). He does have some power, though, and could hit 20-25 homers with 500 at-bats. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Colvin had some success as a rookie and could provide some home runs during his sophomore campaign in 2011. However, his approach at the plate should lead to a poor average and on-base percentage.
With legit power and putrid patience, Colvin has all the makings of Jeff Francoeur 2.0 -- which is not a happy comparison. If Colvin can win enough playing time in Colorado, or benefit from a trade or two, he could legitimately hit 30+ homers in Denver's thin air, but his strikeout-heavy, walk-limited approach will continue to limit his fantasy value in real life and in OBP leagues. And the Rockies wanted Dexter Fowler to strike out less... (Bradley Woodrum)
The Quick Opinion:
With the fourth outfielder spot open, Colvin could get the opportunity to show his power, but his awful OBP may ensure he cannot hold that playing time long.
Back in 2010, Colvin was a pleasant surprise in Chicago over a partial season worth of at-bats. He followed that up with a measly .218 wOBA the following year, but a move to the thin air of Colorado in 2012 was the prescription he needed to rebound. He should once again flash strong power numbers and chip in the occasional steal. Unfortunately, that batting average is destined to fall, as he makes poor contact and likely won't benefit from an inflated batting average on balls in play again. His playing time remains a question mark, but since he could play first base and at any of the outfield slots, he could easily see 400 at-bats again. (
The Quick Opinion:
All Colvin needed to rebound offensively was move to the thin air of Colorado. He should continue to display good power, but his playing time is dependent on the health of Todd Helton at first base and the Rockies crop of starting outfielders.
After an 18-homer season in 2012, it was thought that Colvin was ready to take the next step. Instead, he took a step backward. Attributed by some to a lack of confidence, Colvin didn't make the Rockies out of spring training, and when he did play he reached base just 15 times in 78 plate appearances. He was sent packing near the All-Star break, and didn't return. Outfielders like Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and Charlie Culberson have definitively passed him on the depth chart, and it may only be a matter of time before Rafael Ortega and Kyle Parker do as well. A team really doesn't need that many outfielders, of course, so either Colvin will remain buried or he will soon be moving to another organization. His power is real, so there is a chance he could become a productive player on another team, but for the time being, avoid him at all costs.
The Quick Opinion:
Colvin's breakout season fizzled last March, when he didn't even make the roster out of spring training. Now, he doesn't feature prominently in the Rockies' outfield plans, as he has fallen out of favor and has been bumped off of the 40-man roster.
Colvin saw fewer than 200 plate appearances in each of the last two seasons and though he's a reserve behind an oft-injured Michael Morse, he's 29 and strikes out too much to call a sleeper in any league. (Brett Talley)
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