Top 50 Colorado Rockies

Denver had been established long before as a major city worthy of being the center of Rocky Mountain area for some time in every major category, sports of course included.  As such it was a long desired place for MLB expansion and in 1993 it finally happened bringing Denver to the “4” club, in that they house a franchise from all major North American sports leagues.

With its thin air, Colorado became the home of inflated offense, but exciting baseball.  This has since been corrected through the use of humidors however the 90’s saw players routinely have higher averages at Coors Field than they would anywhere else. 

Despite the talented hitters that have graced the Colorado Rockies over the years, they have not been able to say the same in terms of Pitchers and they have only been in the playoffs three times.  One of those playoffs, was a World Series loss in 2007.

This list is up to the end of the 2016 Season.

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.
For a five year period, Todd Helton was not just the best player for the Colorado Rockies but was one of the best players in the game. “The Toddfather” had a five seasons where he never batted below .325, hit lower than 40 Home Runs, recieved MVP Votes and had an OPS less than one. Helton would also win four Silver Sluggers and three Gold Gloves. His 2000 Season would see him win the Batting, On Base Percentage and Slugging Title.
Already a proven commodity as a Montreal Expo, Canadian, Larry Walker certainly found Coors Field to his liking.  Walker would explode in 1997, winning the National League MVP Award, the Home Run Title, while boasting a Slash Line of .366/.452/720.  Not only did Larry Walker consistently hit over  .300 with Colorado, he had four seasons where he batted over.350!  Not surprisingly, this resulted in three batting titles, and with his excellent power numbers he would also have five seasons over 1.000 in OPS.  Helton may be ranked higher for his overall play and lengthy tenure in Denver, but the best…
Troy Tulowitzki exploded onto the scene securing the starting Shortstop in 2007 finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting and leading the NL with a whopping 3.7 Defensive bWAR.  “Tulo” would be robbed of a Gold Glove that year, but would later win two of these trophies in 2010 and 2011.  While Tulowitzki was dazzling fans defensively, he was not your pre Ripken Shortstop.  Actually, he was more like Ripken.
Perhaps one of the better trades in he history of the Colorado Rockies organization is the one that brought Venezuelan dynamo, Carlos Gonzalez to the team.  Gonzalez, who as of this writing is still with Colorado, had a breakout season in 2010, where he won his first Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and won the Batting Title with a .336 tally.  The Outfielder has not had a season like that since, but has been very good going to multiple All Star Games, winning more Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (2012) and is already at…
After four years (as of this writing) is it too soon for us to rank Nolan Aranedo this high?  Based on his production and the youth of this franchise we don’t think it is at all!
The professional career of Matt Holliday began in Colorado, which is also where he had his best season in MLB.  In 2007, Holliday would finish second in MVP voting while leading the National League in Hits, Doubles, Runs Batted In and a Batting Title.  As a member of the Rockies, Holliday would score three Silver Sluggers with 126 Home Runs and a Slash Line of .319/.386/.552.
The change from St. Louis to Colorado was certainly a welcome change as he went from batting .243 to .370 en route to winning the Batting Title and becoming the first Venezuelan to do so.  In the five seasons that “The Big Cat” was with the Rockies, he finished, 10th, 10th, 16th, 6th and 7th in MVP voting and batted over .300 for four of those seasons.  Galarraga did not just hit for average as he blasted 30 Home Runs for Colorado four times, and went over 40 twice, the highest of which was 47, enough to win the Home…


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It cannot be argued that Vinny Castilla had his best seasons with the Colorado Rockies, as many hitters did in the 1990’s.  This is not like he was a bust elsewhere (he also hit well on the road), but he did make the best of the thin air and cranked out five straight seasons with 30 Home Runs, and a sixth one when he returned for one season in 2004; a year he would lead the National League in Runs Batted In.  Castilla’s Colorado totals include an impressive 239 Home Runs and 1,206 Hits along with three Silver Slugger Awards…
Unlike many pitchers the decade before, Ubaldo Jimenez did his best work when he was wearing a Colorado Rockies jersey.  Jimenez’ best season saw him finish third in Cy Young voting and go to his only All Star Game.  That season (2010) he went 19 and 8 with a 2.88 ERA.  He would win 15 Games the year before.
Ellis Burks would hammer 352 Home Runs in his eighteen year career, 115 of which were with Colorado, a team he played nearly five seasons with.  While he would have a longer tenure with the Boston Red Sox, it was with Colorado where he had his best season by far, a 40 Home Run campaign with a .340/.408/.639 Slash Line where he was an All Star and a Silver Slugger.  He would finish third in MV voting that year.  
The four times that Dante Bichette made the All Star Game took place as a member of the Colorado Rockies where he would be the runner-up for the MVP Award (1995) and would win the Home Run, RBI and Slugging Title.  Dante would easily be one of the top offensive Rockies of his era, and should be remembered more than what he is now.
A Starting Pitcher throughout his career, Aaron Cook was with the Colorado Rockies for all but his last Major League season.  Cook would go to the All Star Game in 2008 when he had a 16 Win Season.  Overall he had a winning record with Colorado going 72 and 68.
Still with the Colorado Rockies as of this writing, D.J. LeMahieu is coming off the best season of his career where he won the National League Batting Title.  This wasn’t his first trophy as he had won the Gold Glove, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award and went to an All Star Game.  Another few good years with the Rockies should propel him even higher in the ranking.
Jorge de la Rosa is as of this writing the Colorado Rockies pitcher with the best Winning Percentage at Coors Field and would four times exceed 10 Wins in a season, twice winning as man as 16.  The Mexican hurler finished third in Wins in the NL twice.
As of this writing, Charlie Blackmon has been with the Colorado Rockies for six seasons, the last three of which have been very good.  The Centerfielder has hit the 170 Hit and 15 Home Run mark in those three years, his last year seeing him finish with a career high of 29 Homers and a .324 Batting Average.  If he continues to improve or even if he plateaus he should jump in this ranking, providing he stays with Colorado!
A three time All Star with the Rockies, Brian Fuentes would fine his niche when he became the team’s closer.  He would have three seasons where he would have over 30 Saves and would have 115 in total for the team.  As of this writing he is definitely the best closer in franchise history.
The career of Venezuelan Pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin has been riddles with inconsistency but he was with Colorado long enough and had enough decent starts to earn this rank.  Chacin would actually twice finish in the top ten in bWAR for Pitchers, including a 5th place finish in 2013.
Eric Young was an original member of the Colorado Rockies and to this day is still the team’s all-time leader in Stolen Bases.  Young would lead the National League in Triples in 1995 and Stolen Bases in 1996 and was an All Star and Silver Slugger in the latter year.
Steve Reed may have what would be called journeyman career in baseball, but he is arguably the most successful Middle Relief Pitcher in the history of the Colorado Rockies.  Reed would lead the National League in Games Pitched in 1994 and over his career he would appear in 461 Games for Colorado.  He was chosen in the Expansion Draft and arguably Colorado has been trying to duplicate his type since.