Ryan Spilborghs # 19
Ryan Spilborghs is the comic relief for the Rockies clubhouse. His place on the field is no joke though.In honor of my number 19 ranking I decided to shine a spotlight on Spilborghs and his rising career with the Rockies.
Drafted in the seventh round of the amateur draft in 2002, “Spilly” as he’s known in Colorado
has built his role as an outfielder in the past few seasons for the Rockies. Playing in a reserve role, he has earned a shot at the starting centerfield this upcoming season. He’s expected to take the lead off role as he had a .363 on-base percentage last season.
Hitting .313 last season, Rockies fans are hoping he can continue the great play and get clutch hits like he has been known to get since getting most of this playing time in 2007. The Rockies need a consistent lead off man and Spilborghs could very well fit that role if he is productive in his at-bats.
Beyond the numbers and skill is one of the nicest baseball players you can meet. Everytime I have ever had the opportunity to chat with Spilly I have taken it. He’s always with a smile and one guy I’ve never had trouble endorsing when people ask me who should they root for on the Rockies.
I recommend everyone check out a Spilly commercial on how to chew sunflower seeds. Also notice “do I chew it or spit it” Ubaldo Jimenez. Also notice Chris Ianetta (WBC catcher) at the end! I’ll get you people loving and rooting for the Rockies before you know it!
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