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The fight for second base is not one that is really prevalent as the Rockies go through Spring training. The position is DJ LeMahieu’s and no one will be taking that from him. He won a batting title last year, is the one of the premier second baseman in the league right now, and he is doing it all under the radar. There are a few different choices for backup since DJ will likely not play every game, but for the most part, who will play second is no question.
Probable Starter: DJ LeMahieu
LeMahieu posted career highs in almost all offensive categories last year while playing above average defense as well. LeMahieu is the prototypical 2-hole hitter. He was excellent bat control, he can hit-and-run, he doesn’t strike out a lot, he gets on base a ton, and he can hit with two strikes. The only thing to watch from the tall second baseman will be whether he can sustain his high average this year. LeMahieu hit nearly .350 while winning the batting title so some regression is to be expected, though expecting LeMahieu to hit around .330 should be no lofty goal.
Backup: Alexi Amarista
The Rockies picked up Amarista in the offseason as a new utility man and that is the largest role he will play. Amarista will not play a large role this year and the expectations will be low. It would not be surprising to see Amarista in the minors at some point in the year as the Rockies just do not need him if they get one of their younger guys to play a utility role.
Backup: Cristhian Adames
Adames will be the other player competing for the utility role against Amarista. Neither of these players have high ceilings and neither will play a large role. The only hope is that they can come off the bench once every few days and play solid defense and maybe throw out a hit.
Player to Watch: Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers only made it to A ball last year so a big league appearance would mean some speedy transitions through the minors. However, Rodgers is a top prospect and may be the Rockies second baseman of the future. Between him and Trevor Story, the Rockies have a couple power hitting middle infielders that may be manning the position in the near future. Rodgers will likely start in AA this year so if he tears up the minors, seeing him with the September call-ups is not totally out of the question.