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Postby The Loveable Losers » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:40 am

Everything I've seen says opening day 2007.
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Postby HOOTIE » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:20 am

The Loveable Losers wrote:Everything I've seen says opening day 2007.


This is correct. There is a slight chance on a late call up this year, but they are gearing for him to be their 3b in 07. Atkins will move to the OF, where he has been playing some this spring.
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:48 am

Don't foget about Jeff Baker, Colo is stacked at 3B. They're going to have to trade or move these guys or they're not going to fully develop.
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Postby Music2004Man » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:46 pm

Havok1517 wrote:Don't foget about Jeff Baker, Colo is stacked at 3B. They're going to have to trade or move these guys or they're not going to fully develop.


I thought I remember seeing somewhere that Baker was trying to convert into an OF to clear up some of the logjam at 3rd.
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:53 pm

Atkins is their 3B .. Ian is supposed to play 1B ...Actually the rockies have lots of good young players.

Anyways Atkins led the rockies in RBI's last season. In a little over 616 AB's Atkins has 101 rbi's

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Postby The Loveable Losers » Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:05 pm

In everything I've looked through I hadn't seen any references to a position change for Stewart? Is this something they're definitely considering or just kicking around. I was considering trading for Stewart in a keeper league with minor leaguers but I have Pujols as a keeper which would seriously lower Stewart's value to me.
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Postby Subversive » Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:32 pm

The Loveable Losers wrote:In everything I've looked through I hadn't seen any references to a position change for Stewart? Is this something they're definitely considering or just kicking around. I was considering trading for Stewart in a keeper league with minor leaguers but I have Pujols as a keeper which would seriously lower Stewart's value to me.


From what I understand, he's not a great defender at 3rd base, but he's not terrible, so he could likely stay there for a few years. I think a lot depends on how Atkins hits. If he turns into a star, then Stewart becomes trade bait or Helton's heir apparent. If Atkins is merely average or below, then Stewart takes over at 3B when he's ready.
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Postby warrick95 » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:51 pm

He improved enough last year that it seems as if Atkins will be moved off 3B to the OF. Stewart has very good power potential and good hitting ability. He compares favorably to Todd Helton, in fact, and could get close to his numbers at Coors Field. Stewart was hurt last season and bothered, which is why his numbers were pretty low.

Looks like the plan is to have Tulo at SS and Nelson at either 2B or CF, while we're talking about positional changes.

I would say that the ETA for him is 2007. Most prospects don't spend much time at AAA at all, so a near-season at AA should be enough if he plays up to par.
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