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Carlos Gonzalez to primarily play left field this season

Feb 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

Carlos Gonzalez outfield

Carlos Gonzalez started 55 games in center field, 51 in left and 34 in right last season, but his days of roving around the outfield are over, at least if Rockies manager Jim Tracy has anything to say about it.

According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, Tracy said today that Gonzalez will be the regular left fielder for the Rockies this season.

“He’s earned it,” said Tracy. “You have to show respect for the player.”

Gonzalez, 24, won his first career Gold Glove last season after finishing with the second highest fielding percentage among National League outfielders. Advanced metrics weren’t quite as favorable to him last season, but he has rated well above average in left field during his brief career, according to UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) on FanGraphs.

While Gonzalez will be the regular left fielder for the club, Dexter Fowler is projected to start in center and Seth Smith will play right.

  1. davidw7 - Feb 26, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    The outfield switch around he had last year sure didn’t effect his mentality by the look off his last season numbers. A settled position though is always better, but CarGo is a beast and primed for another big season.

  2. philriverslovespenis - Feb 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    CarGo definitely is a beast. MVP type of beast. Him & Dex in the o/f really shrinks the size of the field with their speed. Hopefully the defensive continuity will translate to some good offensive production (not that we had ANYTHING to complain about last year from him). Every time I think about his 9th inning walk off homer for the cycle last year, it brings a smile to my face. Hardest hit ball I’ve ever seen. GO ROCKIES

  3. blippy2406 - Feb 27, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    I love how the young Rockies play ball, tulo, cargo, dex, and the rest of the guys. Btw I’m a Yankees fan.

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