Helton: King of the scoopers
The Rockies’ strategy for pitching is based on attacking the strike zone with the fastball. The theory is the defense is so dependable, the only plays that can’t be stopped are the walk and the home run.
Third baseman Ian Stewart, shortstoop Troy Tulowitzki and second baseman Clint Barmes are bigger than average and tranaslate size into range. But one of the unsung advantages is they don’t have to be perfect with their throws because of first baseman Todd Helton’s ability to handle low throws.
I remember mentioning this last year, but here is the final 2009 stat from ACTA Sports:
Player Scoops Attempts Pct.
Todd Helton, Col. 183 207 88.4
Adam La Roche, Pit.-Bos.-Atl. 182 210 86.7
Albert Pujols, St.L. 187 217 86.2
Paul Konerko, CWS 197 231 85.3
Derrek Lee, ChC 145 171 84.8
Lance Berkman, Hou. 170 201 84.6
Lyle Overbay, Tor 211 250 84.4
Casey Kotchman, Atl.-Bos. 134 159 84.3