Originally posted on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 3/28/13
The question with Troy Tulowitzki has never been his skill, it’s his ability to stay on the field. While last year was the first time he played fewer than 100 games, he has only averaged 124 games per season in his six-year career.That being said, when healthy Tulowitzki is hands down the best shortstop in the game. No one can boast his combination of 30-HR power with double-digit steals and the ability to hit .300. He definitely gets a boost from his home park, where he has a career slash of .309/.380/.541 with a .232 ISO.Despite the small sample size from last year he continued the trend of decreasing his swinging strike rate (4.2%) and increased his contact rate (89.6%).In addition to his injuries, Tulowitzki is known for his slow starts although that has changed in the last three years. Since 2010, he has slashed .295/.359/.508 in April while in his first three years he slashed .195/.289/.330.At a GlanceStrengths: R, HR, RBI, BA, OBP, SLG, OPSNeutral: SBWeaknesses: NonePlayer ComparisonBest-case scenario: Top-ranked SSLikely scenario: Robinson Cano (NYY), Joey Votto (CIN), Evan Longoria (TB)Worst-case scenario: InjuredTroy Tulowitzki 2013 Fantasy ProjectionIt’s tough to draft a player—who’s as injury prone as he is—in the second round, but he has the potential to be a top-five player at one of the most shallow positions in fantasy. If you do decide to take the risk make sure you have a plan B—one that’s not injury prone as well, like Jed Lowrie.
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