Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 3/5/12
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Knock Troy Tulowitzki for his injuries, but he’s proven that he’s the game’s best shortstop. Sure he may not steal as many bases as he used to, but when he chooses to run he usually succeeds (80% success rate). Last year he cut down his swinging strike percentage (4.5%) for the third straight season and he continues to draw walks at an above average rate (9.7 BB%). Over the last three seasons, Tulowitzki has averaged 90 runs, 30 home runs and 97 RBI with a .304 batting average. Those are numbers you usually find at first or third base so that’s not too shabby for a shortstop.

Best case scenario: Top-three shortstop
Similar players: Robinson Cano (NYY), Evan Longoria (TB), Joey Votto (CIN)
Worst case scenario: Gets injured

Strengths

Home park, power, batting average, improved contact. Along with the rare power, he has a great home field advantage as his three-year slash at Coors Field is an impressive .324/.395/.597. He’s also been improving his contact throughout his career and posted a career high 88.5 percent rate last year.

Weaknesses

Injuries. He’s made three DL trips in his six-year career so it’s not crazy to think he could find himself back on “the list.”

ADP Report (5.2)

As long as he can stay healthy, Tulowitzki can easily put up numbers you normally see from a first baseman. Given that he plays the most shallow position known in the game he is most definitely involved in the conversation for the top overall pick.

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