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Ranking the N.L. West in 2015: Center Field

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Drew Stubbs

will be part of the Rockies CF equation in 2015 especially against lefties. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

5. Rockies: 1.7 WAR (#24)

Like the Dodgers, the Rockies have an excess of outfielders, and they have been looking to use one of them as a trade asset to improve their starting rotation. They just haven’t been able to put a deal together.

The Rockies avoided arbitration with Stubbs in January, and he will make $5.825 million in 2015. Stubbs actually had a pretty good year for the Rockies last season average wise. He hit .289/.339/.482 with a 113 wRC+.

It was his most productive season since 2010 serving as the Rockies primary center-fielder. His .289 average was way above his career averages, and I honestly don’t expect it to continue.

His .401 BABIP (Batting Average with Balls in Play) indicates that he got lucky last season. That combined with his 32.1 K% means that his average should go down.

Charlie Blackmon could get as much playing time as Stubbs does this year. Everybody remembers his hot start to 2014. He was hitting .352 with nine home runs, twenty nine RBI’s, and a .614 slugging percentage on May 11th.

The Coors Field effect does apply to Blackmon. His OPS at home (.915) was far better than his OPS on the road (.617).

Stubbs hit .328 against lefties last season, compared with a .268 average against righties. Meanwhile, Blackmon hit .296 against righties, and struggled against lefties.

The Rockies could easily use a platoon in center if they don’t trade Blackmon.